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.

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

M. Penton, M.E. Danforth and M.D. Jeter (2015) Bioarchaeology and Subsistence at the Mangum Site (22CB584).  Mississippi Archaeology 41:163-201.

C.B. Davis, M.E. Danforth, K.A. Shuler, and K. Herndon (2013) Patterns of Interobserver Error in the Scoring of Entheseal Changes.  International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 23:147-151.

K.A. Shuler, S.C. Hodge, M.E. Danforth. J.L. Funkhouser, C.B. Stantis, D.N. Cook, and P. Zeng (2012) In the Shadow of Moundville:  A Bioarchaeological View of the Transition to Agriculture in the Central Tombigbee Valley of Alabama and Mississippi. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 31:586-603.

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.

Courses Taught
ANT 101. Human Experience (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