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Archaeology Field School

For six weeks, a group of volunteers IUPUI students in anthropology Professor Paul Mullins's Archaeology Field School dutifully braved sweltering temperatures to excavate the grounds of the Indianapolis home and factory of one of America's earliest affluent female entrepreneurs, Madam C.J. Walker. Above, volunteer Zack Watt sifts through recently excavated dirt.

Volunteer Hope Johnson examines a small bottle unearthed at the dig site.

A logbook denotes locations of items found at the former site of Madam C.J. Walker's home near the IUPUI campus.

IUPUI students and volunteers excavate a site that was formally the home of Madam C.J. Walker, one of the first affluent African-American entrepreneurs in Indianapolis and arguably the first female millionaire to have made her fortune on her own.

Volunteer Don Johnson (center) examines a piece of glass excavated by his daughter, Hope, along with IU anthropology graduate student Lewis Jones.

Students and volunteers found food-related artifacts, broken dishes, cutlery, medicine containers and beer bottles at the site during the six-week dig.