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Ransom Place

This collection consists of various pieces of material culture collected from anthropology professor Paul Mullins and his archaeology field school participants. The items have been recovered from various locations in and around the IUPUI campus, and depict an active and vibrant African-American community that once inhabited the area.


The IUPUI Archaeology Field School has been conducting excavations in the Ransom Place and Indiana Avenue area since 1999. Material culture from the excavations along with oral historical research is used to interpret African-American culture, class, consumption, race and racism in Indianapolis.

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