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Leaf Home arrow The News arrow National News arrow Road construction uncovers 2,000-year-old Native American skeleton in S. Florida
Road construction uncovers 2,000-year-old Native American skeleton in S. Florida
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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Road construction uncovers 2,000-year-old Native American skeleton in S. Florida
The female Tequesta Indian was found just before Christmas in Davie, an area once part of the Everglades. The woman was thought to have been between 20 and 30 years old when she died.
By Sasha Goldstein / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, January 10, 2014

Courtesy Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc

 Skeletal remains found under a Florida highway are at least 2,000 years old, archaeologists say of the well-preserved bones of a native woman found in Davie.

The incredible find came as construction crews dug a trench for a new water main on Pine Island Road before Christmas.

 “To find a complete burial like this is pretty rare,” Ryan Franklin, of the Florida Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, told the Daily News. “We first found a toe bone, then followed it up into a foot and a leg and it just kept going from there. The whole skeleton was there with very little disturbance.”

The well-preserved remains were surrounded by some other artifacts, giving history buffs in Florida an exciting look at what life was like in the late Archaic period. The area where the remains were found was actually once part of the Pine Islands, a portion of the Florida Everglades, Franklin, the conservancy’s PaleoArcheologist Collections Manager, told the News. The woman measured 5-feet tall and was believed to be between 20 and 30 years old.

 It’s unclear from the remains how the woman, thought to be a Tequesta Indian died, he said.

“Everyone was fully aware that there was this possibility,” Franklin said Friday. “Remains were found nearby in the late 1980s, so this is basically from the same site.”

 The find halted construction work for three weeks as archaeologists removed the remains for study. Images were not shown to the public out of respect, and the remains will be re-interred at a secret burial ground donated by the local Miccosukee and Seminole Indian tribes, WPLG-TV reported.

“Thousands of cars have passed over this every month, so it gives you an idea that even under a modern highway, there could be some archeological gem,” conservancy director Bob Carr told the TV station.

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