Sorry, Miami, That Story About Roman Ruins Discovered Downtown Is a Lie

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Are these ancient Roman ruins in downtown Miami?
The story flooded Facebook feeds all over South Florida last week. Topped with a photo of a construction site filled with tall, dusty pillars, it boasted of a remarkable discovery: ancient Roman ruins discovered right in downtown Miami. "This find will change everything we know about modern history if it can be dated and identified to truly be Roman," the story breathlessly claimed.

The post quickly went viral, with hundreds of shares and comments. "Say what??? #ancienttemples in #Miami???" one person freaked out. "The Romans were in America... That's why Caesar is buried in I think it's Illinois... Huge cover-up. Cleopatra too," another quipped. Interest spiked so much that construction workers at the site had to put up opaque netting to keep gawkers at bay.

Hate to break it to you, Miami, but the story is about as reliable as Mario Chalmers' point guard skills. It's a classic case of a piece with just enough facts to pass off as the truth in the quick-sharing Facebook era -- but it's totally bogus.

"This is way off the beaten path," says Paul George, a historian at HistoryMiami. "It's utterly unbelievable that someone started this ridiculous myth on a whim."

Don't feel too bad if you fell for the hoax. After all, there really are ancient ruins under Miami's condos. Just a few years ago, the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy confirmed the discovery of South Florida's largest Tequesta Native American cemetery at a downtown construction site. The 2,000-year-old cemetery is located just 800 feet from the Miami Circle, another mysterious structure built by native inhabitants.

What's more, the photo topping the story is also totally legit. It comes from a construction site at 151 SE First Ave., right behind the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, where a new high-rise condo project is underway; there really are some odd-looking pillars at the site.

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Rosie Millares
Rosie Millares

Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do jobspase.comONLY Don’t include ONLY ====

Cole Hower
Cole Hower

How stupid , I think they'd be something other than "roman ruins".

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

I remember thAt building. It housed many travel agencies, a Wendy's and a plethora of stores... Way back when Brazilians OWNED downtown Miami.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Please... There's an influential Cuban interested in that particular piece of land/corner, whether reAl estate or office space.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

I would take complete, ignorant idiots to take this story seriously for more than .5 seconds. How stupid are you Miami? please explain?

Teron Armstrong
Teron Armstrong

Idiots. If they remembered their history, they'd have known the Romans didn't land on American shores. #facepalm

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam

Because people in general are too lazy to do a little research about the stuff they read on the Internet. When I first saw this pic, I noticed rebar running through these "roman" columns, not an engineering techniques found in Roman architecture.

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

The fluoride in our water is working...

Olga Siddons
Olga Siddons

You know what PT Barnum used to say, "There's a sucker born every minute."

Pablo Sanchez
Pablo Sanchez

It's a SWAMP. WE LIVE ON A SWAMP. NO WAY THERE IS AN UNDERGROUND ROMAN ANYTHING. ppl in miami are just dumb that's all

Orlando De Frias
Orlando De Frias

Because too many people never learned how to think critically. And yeah, Gene, seriously. How often did the Romans just leave a place without leaving behind obvious evidence, let alone making a note of it in the many, many, many historical records they made.

Gene Harkey
Gene Harkey

Of course... Who believed that the romans were ever in MIA... They would have never left and we'd all speak greek!

Dakine Beckman
Dakine Beckman

I really have to wonder how anyone would've believed ROMAN ruins. Seriously?

Erik Swagerty
Erik Swagerty

I didn't believe it to begin with. I mean come on people. Romans in Miami??? Give me a break.

_Travis
_Travis

Only an idiot with poor judgement would believe this bullshit ...jjajajajajaj

paul
paul

"Don't feel too bad if you fell for the hoax?!?" Are you freaking kidding me? If you "fell for the hoax" you should feel like the biggest imbecile on the planet.


Yeah, there really ARE Roman Ruins in downtown Miami. In other breaking news, the Earth is only 6000 years old and a thousand-year-old man once built a wooden boat that housed two of EVERY animal on Earth. 

Eddy Earthtone Blak
Eddy Earthtone Blak

I will never understand why it is so hard for ppl to take 2mins to look up the legitimacy of a story before sharing it... I just don't... The Internet is there for a reason!!!! Plenty of sites exposed this story, no excuses....

jakarooney
jakarooney

seriously who the hell would fall for that? they're called roman ruins for a reason, they were built when the Roman empire was thriving......IN EUROPE!!!! god damn 90% of floridians are seriously dumbasses

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................keep digging, maybe we'll find a roman arena,  for soccer,  and save the two-hundred million dollars for a new stadium !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................ah tzo !

whenna donatella coma over on a u-boat before she moved into casa versace on the beach she lived inna the italian section of miami while she was going to whats-a matta-U, now simply known as the U, and she had michaleangelo make a few things that she left in the basement over there downtown that christopher columbus was supposed to bring to italy, but chris he no coma to america, so all we got were some coconuts

Peter Beach
Peter Beach

What kind of clueless fucking dunce would fall for this? (sigh)

Izzy Maria Sznurkowski
Izzy Maria Sznurkowski

Well disappointment in Miami, but I figured something had to have been at least made up for Florida is all swamp and marsh land and limestone.

Zach Bosch
Zach Bosch

Don't believe everything you read in Miami New Times

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Gotta love how some people blindly believe everything they read on the internet

George Marban
George Marban

I didn't think it was true, I just thought it was worth sharing. The idea that the Roman Empire made it here but couldn't make it back to put their records into the history books isn't that far fetched.

Rossy Aleman
Rossy Aleman

You must be a really uneducated person to think that was true. Smh lol wow

Justin Kindler
Justin Kindler

Roman Empire did not collapse in 5 A.D. (now called C.E.). It was sacked about 400 years later.

Serg Mend
Serg Mend

Julie Bueso & Brian Fleites lol

jfalbelda
jfalbelda

Western Rome went down in the 5th century C.E., eastern Rome lasted longer.

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