Archaeological dig on Miami River

  • Archaeologist Ryan Franklin is shown at the site of a circle of post holes dating back to Tequesta Indian times at a dig in downtown Miami. Archaeologists are excavating the Met Square site in downtown Miami that was a parking lot most recently, but before that was the site of Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel and, dating back from 500BC to 200 AD, a Tequesta Indian village. Chuck Fadely / Miami Herald Staff

  • A postcard from the Royal Palm Hotel in Downtown Miami during the turn of the century. Al Diaz / Staff Photo

  • Bob Carr is Executive Director of the Archeological and Historical Conservancy, a group which is digging in downtown Miami. Archaeologists are excavating the Met Square site in downtown Miami that was a parking lot most recently, but before that was the site of Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel and, dating back to 500BC, a Tequesta Indian village. Chuck Fadely / Miami Herald Staff

  • A postcard of the Royal Palm Hotel in Downtown Miami during the turn of the century. Al Diaz / Staff Photo

  • Archaeologist Ryan Franklin holds "celts" or sharpened axes found at a downtown Miami dig. Archaeologists are excavating the Met Square site in downtown Miami that was a parking lot most recently, but before that was the site of Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel and, dating back to 500BC, a Tequesta Indian village. Chuck Fadely / Miami Herald Staff

  • A postcard from the Royal Palm Hotel in Downtown Miami during the turn of the century. Al Diaz / Staff Photo

  • Archaeologist Ryan Franklin holds a deer jaw found at a downtown Miami dig site. Archaeologists are excavating the Met Square site in downtown Miami that was a parking lot most recently, but before that was the site of Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel and, dating back to 500BC, a Tequesta Indian village. Chuck Fadely / Miami Herald Staff

  • Archaeologists Ryan Franklin, left, and Bob Carr stand on what was once the banks of the Miami River at the site where the Met Square movie project will be built. Archaeologists are excavating the Met Square site in downtown Miami that was a parking lot most recently, but before that was the site of Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel and, dating back to 500BC, a Tequesta Indian village. Chuck Fadely / Miami Herald Staff

  • A postcard meant to promote the Royal Palm Hotel in Miami. Handout photo

  • From left, field technicians Kelin Flanagan, Adrian Espinosa and Vanessa Enriquez sift through dirt excavated in downtown Miami. Archaeologists are excavating the Met Square site in downtown Miami that was a parking lot most recently, but before that was the site of Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel and, dating back to 500BC, a Tequesta Indian village. Chuck Fadely / Miami Herald Staff

  • A coaching party prepares to depart for the Everglades from the Royal Palm Hotel circa1905. Courtesy / Myrna and Seth Bramson Collection

  • The steps from the Royal Palm Hotel, built by Henry Flagler in 1896, were uncovered during a dig at a downtown construction site. Archaeologists are excavating the Met Square site in downtown Miami that was a parking lot most recently, but before that was the site of Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel and, dating back to 500BC, a Tequesta Indian village. Chuck Fadely / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Royal Palm Hotel and Park with band, April 1922. Courtes / Historical Museum of Southern Florida

  • Vanessa Enriquez, left, and Adrian Espinosa dig at the Met Square site in downtown Miami that was a parking lot most recently, but before that was the site of Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel and, dating back to 500BC, a Tequesta Indian village. From the Indian era, they have found postholes, sharpened tools, and animal bones. Chuck Fadely / Miami Herald Staff