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Commission To Vote On Tequesta Site Preservation Plan

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A site in downtown Miami that is believed to have been used by Tequesta Native Americans. (Source: CBS4)

A site in downtown Miami that is believed to have been used by Tequesta Native Americans. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A plan which would preserve and build at the site of a major prehistoric Native American village in Miami’s downtown area will like get approval by the city’s commission on Thursday.

Developers, archaeologists and city officials reached an agreement last week that would preserve two sections of limestone that once held Tequesta Indian structures.

The two circle formations carved into the bedrock would be surrounded in glass and put on display in a building that would also house a movie theater, restaurants and a hotel.

HistoryMiami would also operate an exhibit at the site.

The village’s discovery set off an intense debate between archaeologists and developers.

City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said the new plan was modeled off historic preservation sites in London and Barcelona.

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