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Miami Circle Special Resource Study - November 2007

The discovery of the Miami Circle archeological site on Brickell Point in downtown Miami, Florida, in 1998 created interest both within the archeological community and the general public. The circle is characterized primarily by a patterned group of large and small holes cut into the subsurface limestone bedrock. The holes collectively form a circle approximately 38 feet in diameter. The features comprising the circle are arranged in a readily discernible pattern alternating between relatively large oval and quasi-rectangular "basins" and smaller oval and round holes. The cut holes vary in size and shape and were filled with "black earth midden" material. Marks left by cutting tools can often be observed on the sides of the holes. Research suggests that the Miami Circle represents the "footprint" of a prehistoric structure, and further analysis of the site and associated cultural materials may help broaden our understanding of American Indian architecture and long-distance exchange networks.
 
Comment Period: Closed        01/08/2008 - 02/22/2008
Topic Questions Instructions:
When responding to the questions, please number your responses to match the corresponding question. Thank you.
Topic Questions:
1. 1. What do you see as the primary advantages and disadvantages of management option1 (Urban Open Space/Perimeter Interpretation)? Are there components of this management option that you strongly support or oppose? Why?

2. What do you see as the primary advantages and disadvantages of management option 2 (Urban Activity Center / Symbolic Interpretation)? Are there components of this management option that you strongly support or oppose? Why?

3. What do you see as the primary advantages and disadvantages of management option 3 (Gateway to Biscayne Bay/ Regional Interpretation)? Are there components of this management option that you strongly support or oppose? Why?

4. What do you see as the primary advantages and disadvantages of management option 4 (See the Resource / Archeological Interpretation)? Are there components of this management option that you strongly support or oppose? Why?

5. Which management option do you prefer and why? If you do not like any of the management options, please describe your preferred management option.
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