Lauren E. Downs

Visiting Assistant Professor

Lauren Downs.

1401 University Blvd
HHB 315
Birmingham, AL 35294-1152

(205) 934-3508

Lauren E. Downs is an archaeologist specializing in the prehistoric and early historic peoples of the southeastern United States. She currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Downs’ research focuses on the late prehistoric indigenous cultures of the Lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coastal Plains of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and, more recently, the historic mining communities of Red Mountain in central Alabama. Before coming to UAB, Dr. Downs was an Instructor at the University of Alabama, where she also received her master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dr. Downs (right) and a student mapping excavation profiles within the Graveline Mound in Gautier, Mississippi. Dr. Downs (right) and a student mapping excavation profiles within the Graveline Mound in Gautier, Mississippi. Education:
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Alabama, 2012
M.A., Anthropology, University of Alabama, 2004
B.A., Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001

Research Interests:
Southeastern Archaeology; Material Culture; Native American Prehistory and Ethnohistory; Native American Architecture; Museum Studies.

Selected Recent and Upcoming Publications:
  • Blitz, John H. and Lauren E. Downs (co-editors), Graveline Archaeological Project (Mississippi Department of Archives and History Archaeological Research Report, Jackson; in press 2014).
  • Sherwood, Sarah M., John H. Blitz and Lauren E. Downs (co-authors), “Built to Last: An Integrated Geoarchaeology of a Late Woodland Sand Platform Mound,” American Antiquity 78 (no. 2, 2013): 344-58.
  • Downs, Lauren E., “Plaquemine Culture Occupation in the Northern Natchez Bluffs: 2007 Excavations at the Glass Site (22WR502), Warren County, Mississippi,” Mississippi Archaeology 42 (no. 1, 2010):3-28.

Recent and Upcoming Courses:
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 101)
  • Introductory Archaeology (ANTH 106)
  • Prehistory of North America (ANTH 222)
  • Peoples of the World: South American Indians (ANTH 242)
  • Archaeology of Alabama and the Greater Southeast (ANTH 355/655)