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'There's not enough money that can buy what's on this land because it's simply priceless,' Mr Bermudez told the Herald. 'How can you put a price on the history of humanity? It has none.'

 A scrap of property near the heart of Miami is valued at nearly $2 million, but the owner refuses to sell to protect the archaeological treasures uncovered on the lot.

Bermudez, 64, wants to keep his property out of the reach of developers. He claims it sits on a site of importance to the Tequesta people, one of the first Indian groups that the Spanish encountered when they arrived in North America.

The property, located at 87 SW 11th Street, is wedged between a 7-Eleven and a luxury high-rise apartment complex and around the corner from bustling Brickell Rail Station. Property records show that the lot measures 5,000 square feet in area, and Bermudez’s three-bedroom home covers less than a fifth of that area.

The small house, which is decorated with colorful paintings, sits incongruously in the heart of Miami's bustling city center, surrounded by high rise buildings, heavy traffic and ongoing construction projects.

Mr Bermudez claims he has found evidence of the earliest native inhabitants of the area in his garden, which sits just two blocks from busy Brickell Avenue and is surrounded by skyscrapers, bars and restaurants.


Archaeologists have confirmed that some of the items found by Mr Bermudez are part of the Tequesta culture while other discoveries include animal bones and prehistoric shells.

He told the Herald: 'I'm committed to sharing the knowledge I have acquired through an excavation of more than 50 years, waiting for people to understand that we can't keep destroying our natural resources. If there's no water, there's no humanity.'







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