Naples Backyard History, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 organization is working with renowned Miami Archaeologist Bob Carr & 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 13th Avenue South on Naples Bay. The canal functioned as a safe water passage for canoes navigating from the Bay to the Gulf, and perhaps even as a shortcut to the 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 a part of the ongoing research effort, which will include sub-surface excavation “digs” to carbon-date additional organic matter from the Naples canal, and to uncover any artifacts that might remain laying in the bottom.

” South Florida is the only place in North American that has 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 & Historical Conservancy, Inc.

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…and thank you for your interest in the Naples Indian Canal. Please check back often for news and updates about the projects’ continuing progress.

The Valuable and Historic Naples Indian Canal project is made possible by Ongoing Community Support, so please Naplespanorama.org & Make your Tax Deductible Donation Today 🙂

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