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Daniel LaDu

Dr. Daniel LaDu

Assistant Professor


Daniel LaDu received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007) under the mentorship of Vin Steponaitis; and earned his master’s (2009) and doctorate of philosophy degrees (2016) with Ian W. Brown at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, specializing in the archaeology of complex societies. Director of the USM Archaeology Laboratory, Dr. LaDu has more than 15 years field experience, both prehistoric and historic. He is the author of the The Mazique Site (2018), coauthor of Second Creek Archaeology (2019), and maintains several active research agendas. The Mazique Archaeological Project continues to explore the emergence of socio-political inequality in the Southeast. The Natchez Bluffs Village Project seeks to address a pervasive settlement bias and recenter our attention on entire communities instead of individual mound and plaza sites. He is taking motivated MA students with common research interests.

  • PHD - University of Alabama (2016)
  • MA - University of Alabama (2009)

Survey of Archaeological Methods (ANT 331); Prehistoric Foodways (ANT 432/532); Archaeological Field Methods (ANT436/536); Heritage Resources and Public Policy (ANT 437/537); The Archaeology of Complex Societies (ANT 439/539); The Anthropology of Cemeteries (ANT 439/539)

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Areas of Expertise

The archaeology of complex societies in the southeastern United States