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Danielle Macdonald, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Director of the Henneke Center for Academic Fulfilment

Liaison for Afghan Refugees


Danielle A. Macdonald, Ph.D., is an anthropological archaeologist, specializing in Southwest Asian Prehistory and lithic (stone tool) analysis. She is interested in how communities interact with and make meaning through material culture, specifically through the lens of human behavior and activities leading up to the origins of agriculture. She co-directs the Kharaneh IV Excavation Project, which explores hunter-gatherer aggregation through material culture at the Terminal Pleistocene site of Kharaneh IV, Jordan. She also co-directs the Ancient Seafaring Explorers of Cyprus project, addressing questions about the earliest hunter-gatherer communities in Cyprus.

To further address questions of human–object connections, Macdonald’s research evaluates how past behaviors can be interpreted through traces on archaeological objects, particularly at the microscopic scale using microwear analysis. Macdonald’s research explores methodological development for microwear analysis and the applications of 3D microscopy for archaeological research. Her research develops new methods for the quantification of microwear traces using microscopes developed for the field of surface metrology.

Finally, Macdonald works closely with newcomer communities in Tulsa and supports TU’s refugee-background students. She teaches cultural orientation for newcomers and runs programming for TU’s refugee-background students including the TU-Afghan Cultural Exchange program.


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • M.A., University of Victoria
  • B.A., University of Toronto

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Hunter-Gatherers
  • Stone Tools
  • Epipalaeolithic
  • Southwest Asia
  • Microscopy
  • Surface Metrology