Medieval travelers reached the distant trading point by foot. They offered stone tools made hundreds of miles away. They coveted local baskets and beads. They bargained, bickered and bartered.
Then, deal done, they rested. At the mouth of the Miami River or in hamlets in Weston and elsewhere in Broward County.
The Miami Circle and its surrounding site help prove that, long before Europeans arrived, South Florida served as a medieval crossroads and commercial hub similar to those that thrived in Asia and Africa, experts said Sunday.