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Department of Archaeology

Staff

Dr Tina Jakob, PhD, MSc, MA

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41116
Room number: 304

Contact Dr Tina Jakob (email at betina.jakob@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

I am a Teaching Fellow/Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Department and provide classroom and laboratory-based teaching in bioarchaeology at all undergraduate levels as well as the MSc in Palaeopathology. Previously I was the Archaeological Science Technician of the Department, while my colleague Beth Upex was on maternity leave. In addition to providing technical assistance, I was involved in teaching human bioarchaeology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. I also supervise undergraduate and MSc in Palaeopathology dissertation projects.

Having taught on the MSc in Palaeopathology since 2004, I was a Teaching Fellow and MSc in Palaeopathology Course Director until September 2008. In 2006, I was also working part-time as a Curator for Physical Anthropology at the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan (British Museum). I completed my PhD dissertation at the Department of Archaeology, Durham University, in 2004. My research concentrated on differences in health and disease patterns in early medieval populations from Britain and southwestern Germany. Previously, I obtained my MSc degree in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. I also hold a Master's degree in Pre- and Protohistory, Physical Anthropology and Art History from the University of Tuebingen, Germany.

Teaching

This academic year (2016-17) I am contributing to the following modules:
 
Postgraduate teaching
 
MSc in Palaeopathology:
Identification and analysis of the normal human skeleton (lectures and laboratory sessions)
Palaeopathology: Theory and Method (laboratory sessions)
Themes in Palaeopathology (1 seminar)
Research and Study Skills in Arcaheological Science (lectures and workshops)
Undergraduate teaching

Level 1: Archaeological Practicals (practical session)

AAM/SMA 1 (lectures)

Level 2: Developing Archaeological Research (practical)

Level 3: Bones and Human Societies (lectures, practicals, workshop), Specialised Aspect 'Recent Trends in Human Bioarchaeology' (lectures and tutorials)

Projects

Since 2007, I am working with Drs Donatella Usai and Sandro Salvatori (CSSeS, Italy) on a multiphase cemetery in central Sudan. As bioarchaeologist I am responsible for the excavation and analysis of human skeletal remains from the site of Al Khiday 2 (16-D-4).

In additon I am working on human skeletal remains from Mograt Island, Sudan, an excavation directed by Dr. Claudia Naeser (UCL).

As on-site human osteologist I excavated human remains at the Nile’s 4th cataract (Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project) in northern Sudan in 2005-06, a project directed by Derek A. Welsby (British Museum/Sudan Archaeological Research Society).

In 2005, I worked on Charlotte Whiting’s (CBRL Amman) Southern Jordan Iron Age Project (SJIAP). During our survey we found extensive evidence for funerary behaviour and more in-depth excavations are intended in the future.

Membership in Professional Organisations

  • British Organisation for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)
  • Palaeopathology Association (PPA)
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
  • Sudan Archaeological Research Society (SARS)
  • International Society for Nubian Studies
  • European Association for Archaeologists (EAA)
  • Society of American Arcaheologists

 

Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Biological anthropology; palaeopathology
  • Human anatomy and osteology; population-based studies of health and disease patterns; non-metric traits; early medieval funerary archaeology

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2017: Associate Editor of Bioarchaeology International:
  • 2014: 2014-2017 Secretary of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology:
  • 2013: 2013-2016 Director at Large I Paleopathology Association (Student Liaison):

Publications

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Jakob, T. & Magzoub Ali, M. (2011). Sudan. In The Routledge handbook of archaeological human remains and legislation. Marquez Grant, N., Fibiger & L. Abington: Routledge. 513-523.
  • Jakob, T. (2008). Paleopathology. In Encyclopedia of Plagues, Pestilence and Pandemics. Byrne, J. Westport CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. 451-454.
  • Jakob, T. (2008). Urbanization and epidemic disease. In Encyclopedia of Plagues, Pestilence and Pandemics. Byrne, J. Westport CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. 737-742.

Conference Paper

Journal Article

Monograph

  • Jakob, T. (2009). Prevalence and patterns of disease in early medieval populations: a comparison of skeletal samples of the 5th-8th centuries A.D. from Britain and southwestern Germany. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1959. Oxford: John and Erica Hedges.