Old, discarded chicken bones, broken glass and rusty nails can tell a story. In the right hands, they can become clues into what kind of people used them and for what purpose.

For the past three weeks, University of Alabama at Birmingham anthropology students worked as clue hunters at Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces, searching among layers of soil in hopes of discovering what life was like for workers who lived in segregated company housing during the turn of the century.

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