Dr. Randolph Daniel Jr.

(PhD, Chapel Hill, 1994)
Office: 271 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9455

About Me

I am a Professor in the anthropology department at East Carolina University where I have worked since 1996. I received my Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research interests include the archaeology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in the Southeastern United States, particularly hunter-gatherer adaptations at the end of the last Ice Age. My methodological specializations include stone tool analysis, spatial analysis, and hunter-gatherer settlement systems. Publications related to that research have appeared in two books, several book chapters, and in journals including American Antiquity, Current Research in the Pleistocene, Southeastern Archaeology, and North Carolina Archaeology. I am also the recipient of the 1999 C.B. Moore Award for Excellence in Archaeology by a Young Scholar in Southeastern Studies by the Lower Mississippi Survey & Peabody Museum, Harvard.

Since arriving at ECU my research falls broadly into two categories. First, for over the last ten years I’ve been doing archaeological research investigating prehistoric settlements along the Tar River in eastern North Carolina. Both undergraduate and graduate students play an important role in this research. Examples of publications coauthored with students are listed below. Second, I’m also interested in documenting the state wide occurrence of fluted spear points in North Carolina. These are exceptionally rare artifacts that mark the first widespread evidence of humans in North Carolina. The study includes recording information about fluted point size, shape, flaking characteristics and raw material type. This work involves a great degree of public outreach as most of these artifacts are held in private collections.

On a personal note, I’ve been married for some three decades to Becky. We have three teenage children (i.e., triplets). In Darwinian terms, that makes me one of the most productive members of the faculty. I also have an ill-mannered dog that does not realize he is suppose to be a domesticated animal. What little leisure time I have is spent growing bonsai. With respect to pet peeves, two come readily to mind: students who are habitually late to class and students who email or text-message in class. As an archaeologist I’m trained to be observant, so don’t think I don’t see you.

Selected Publications (* coauthored with student):


Daniel, Jr., I. R. (1998). Hardaway Revisited: Early Archaic Settlement in the Southeast. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Daniel, Jr., I. R. & Wisenbaker, M. (1987). Harney Flats: A Florida Paleo-Indian Site. New York: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.

Book Chapters

Daniel, Jr., I. Randolph & Goodyear, A. C. (2012) Under Review. "North Carolina Clovis", North American Clovis: Current Perspectives On Technology, Chronology, and Adaptations. Texas A & M Press.

*Daniel, Jr., I. R. & Moore, C. R. (2011). "Current Research into the Paleoindain and Archaic Periods in the North Carolina Coastal Plain", In Charles R. Ewen, Thomas Whyte, R. P. Stephen Davis, Jr. (Ed.) The Archaeology of North Carolina: Three Archaeological Symposia, (pp. 1-24). North Carolina Archaeological Council Publication Number 30.

*Moore, C. R. & Daniel, Jr., I. Randolph (2011). "Geoarchaeology and Geochronology of Stratified Aeolian Deposits in the North Carolina Coastal Plain", In Charles R. Ewen, Thomas Whyte, R. P. Stephen Davis, Jr. (Ed.) North Carolina Archaeology: Three Archaeological Symposia, (pp. 76-119). North Carolina Archaeological Council Publication Number 30.

Journal Articles

Daniel, Jr., I. R., Moore, C. R., & Caynor, E. C. (2013). Sifting the Sands of Time: Geoarchaeology, Culture Chronology, and Climate Change at Squires Ridge. Southeastern Archaeology 32: 253-270.

*Daniel, Jr., I. R., Seramur, K. C. , Potts, T. L. , & Jorgenson, M. W. (2008). Searching a Sand Dune: Shovel Testing the Barber Creek Site. North Carolina Archaeology 57, 50-77.

*Daniel, Jr., I. R., Moore, W., & Pritchard, J. (2007). Analysis of a Paleoindian Stone Tool Assemblage from the Pasquotank Site (31PK1) in Northeastern North Carolina. Southeastern Archaeology 26, 73-90.

Daniel, Jr., I. R. (2006). Three Fluted Points from the Hardaway Site, North Carolina. North Carolina Archaeology 55, 103-111.

Daniel, Jr., I. R. & A. Goodyear (2006). An Update on the North Carolina Fluted Point Survey. Current Research in the Pleistocene 23, 88-90.

Conference Presentations

Daniel, Jr., I. R. & Goodyear, A. C. (2013). Clovis Macrobands in the Carolinas.  Poster presented at the Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Department News

 Dr, Bailey's article, "A New Online Strategy in Teaching Racial and Ethnic Health and Health Disparities to Public Health Professionals" was accepted by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. It will appear in the 2016 issue of the Journal.

Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands: Results of the Negev Emergency Survey 1978-89  by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and co-author M. Haimon was published December 2014 by British Archaeological Reports. See here for more.


Haley Drabek translated the Tyrrell Water Management Study finalized in 2014 into 9 separate brochures, one for each proposed water management district. She spent six weeks visiting property owners in each district to explain the benefits of participating in the localized water management district and asking for signatures of intent to join.

Anna Claire researched existing oral history booklets at the Tyrrell Visitor Center and then interviewed elderly Tyrrell County residents who grew up in the county. She taped these interviews for safe keeping at the Visitor Center and is currently writing narrative reports of the collected information, one for each conversation partner. These reports will be bound and held at the Tyrrell County Visitor Center for interested readers. Anna Claire has also been involved with a group of children in the county with a diverse ethnic background. Under Anna Claire's direction the children are currently writing a newsletter that will report on the children's experiences of growing up in Tyrrell County, exploring their favorite places, activities, and hopes for their future.  

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East Carolina ranks number one for the second consecutive year as the provider of graduate degrees for the Register of Professional Archaeologists registrants! Read more here

 Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.

Student response for Dr. Mathews:

"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."

Student response for Dr. Mazow:

"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help." 

Congratulations to them both!

This summer two undergraduate anthropology students at East Carolina University, Tyler Beasley and Anna Lawrence, worked as interns for the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development through the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation public service internship program. Both interns worked on research projects aimed at improving economic development by better understanding the needs of the local business community.


Marina Clough, also an undergraduate anthropology student at East Carolina University, completed an internship at Wanchese Industrial Park and provided an overview of webpages and print media that write or advertise about sailing related events, helped plan the Regatta of Sail NC and conducted 40 interviews with participants.

Dr. Charles Ewen interviewed for the New York Times. Is it the Roanoke Island Colony? Read more to find out!