Reuters: All Aboard Florida high-speed rail project challenged by archaeologist

(Photo: Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc.)

A prominent Florida archaeologist says crews working on a high-speed rail project to connect Miami and Orlando failed to tell regulators about plans to dig near an ancient Native American site that he complains has disturbed ancient artifacts.

“There were hundreds of artifacts that were uncovered,” Robert Carr, executive director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, said in an interview on Wednesday. He said he noticed construction work late last month in an area in north Miami that was once a Tequesta Indian village.

Among the artifacts dug up were conch shells and primitive axes, said Carr, who has worked on a number of Tequesta sites and done research for Martin County in southeast Florida, which strongly opposes the rail project.

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