Marie Danforth

Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. Indiana University, 1989

Research Interests
Dr Danforth's interests include human osteology, bioarchaeology, dental anthropology, and forensic anthropology. She is a physical anthropologist interested in skeletal biology, particularly nutrition and disease indicators. Research areas include Mesoamerica (the Maya region) and southeastern United States. Graduate courses taught include Seminar in Physical Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Medical Anthropology, and Human Variation. She is also faculty sponsor for Mississippi's Beta Chapter of Lambda Alpha.

Dissertation
An Analysis of Childhood Health Patterns in the Late Classic and Colonial Maya Using Enamel Microdefects. Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington (1989).

Publications
M.E. Danforth (2011) “The Moran Site (22HR511):  An Early Eighteenth Century French Colonial Cemetery in New Biloxi, Mississippi”.  In: French Colonial Archaeology in the Americas: A View from the South, edited by Meredith Hardy and Ken Kelly. University Press of Florida, Tallahassee.

D.C. Martin and M.E. Danforth (2009) Patterns of Secular Change in the Human Mandible over the Last Century. American Journal of Human Biology 21:104-106.

M.E. Danforth, G.D. Wrobel, D. Swanson and C.W. Armstrong (2009) A Model Juvenile Growth Curve for the Ancient Maya. Latin American Antiquity 20:3-13.

M.E. Danforth and A.R. Thompson (2008) Estimation of Handedness Using Standard Osteometrics. Journal of Forensic Sciences 53:777-781. 

M.E. Danforth, G.D. Wrobel, and K.P. Jacobi, (2007)”Health and the Transition to Agriculture in the Deep South: Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee”. In: Ancient Health: The Skeletal Indicators of Economic and Political Intensification, edited by MN Cohen and G Kramer-Crane. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

M.E. Danforth. 2005. Prehistoric Human Remains Recovered on the Mississippi Gulf Coast: A Bioarchaeological Analysis. Mississippi Archaeology 40(1):107-124.

M.L.Powell, M.E.Danforth, K.P.Jacobi, and L.E.Eisenberg 2004. “Syphilis in Mound Builders’ Bones”: Treponematosis in the Central Southern United States. In: Debunking the Myth of Syphilis: The Natural History of Treponematosis in North America, edited by M.L. Powell and D.C..Cook, pp 117-161. University of Florida Press, Gainesville.

Carter, C., A.M.Siedell, D.P..Craig, E. Boudreaux, K.L.Burleigh, J.A. Gardner, S.L. Young, and M.E. Danforth 2004. A Bioarchaeological Analysis of the French Colonial Burials at the Moran Gallery, Biloxi. Mississippi Archaeology 39(1):39-68.

Danforth, M.E. 2004. African-American Men, Women and Children in Nineteenth Century Natchez: A Study of City Cemetery Sexton’s Records. In: Engendering African-American Archaeology, edited by J. Galle and A.L. Young, pp 237-263. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.

Courses Taught
ANT 101. Introduction to Anthropology (including honors)
ANT 342. Forensic Anthropology
ANT 441/541. Human Variation
ANT 445/545. Bioarchaeology
ANT 601. Teaching Anthropology
ANT 641. Seminar in Physical Anthropology