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About The Naples Indian Canal Project

  • “South Florida is the only place in North America to have these types of canals, and there are only a few in existence. It is very special to have this gem in Naples.” - Bob Carr, Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc.

    Naples Backyard History, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 organization is working with renowned Miami Archaeologist Bob Carr and Naples Ocean Engineer Todd Turrell to uncover the age and mysteries of the ancient Indian Canal that crosses under streets, homes and businesses in Old Naples.

    More than 1000 years ago the canal ran from what is now 9th Avenue South on the Gulf of Mexico to near 13th Avenue South on Naples Bay. The canal functioned as safe water passage for canoes navigating from Bay to the Gulf, perhaps as a shortcut to Indian King Carlos' headquarters on Mound Key in Estero Bay.

    Radiocarbon dates suggest the canal was in use from circa A.D. 700 to A.D. 1400. More precise dates are part of the ongoing research effort, which will include sub surface excavations "digs" to carbon date additional organic matter from the canal and to uncover any artifacts that lay in the bottom.

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