Keith Jacobi, PhD
Professor & Curator of Human Osteology
University of Alabama Musems
Phone: +205-348-1960 or +205-348-0338 (osteology lab)
Room: 301 Mary Harmon Bryant Hall; 13 ten Hoor Hall
Alabama Museum of Natural History
The University of Alabama
Box # 870340
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0340 USA
Ph.D 1996, University of Indiana
Archaeology of Complex Societies in the Americas, Bioarchaeology, Biocultural Medical Anthropology, Biological Anthropology
I am a biological anthropologist with research interests in the health of prehistoric and historic groups and forensic anthropology. I am affiliated with both the Department of Anthropology and the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Through human osteology, paleopathology, and dental anthropology I have investigated culture clashes at the time of contact. I enjoy vampire fiction, Dr. Who, The Who and Groo. I currently serve as a Senior Blount Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences.
My most recent research investigates warfare and trophy taking in the prehistoric Southeastern US. Previous research has included analysis of skeletal remains from the historic Maya (16th century) of Tipu, Belize and the genetic relationships that could be gleaned from examination of dental traits. I have conducted archaeological fieldwork and done skeletal analysis on material from India, Peru, Barbados and Midwestern, Southwestern and Southeastern U.S. Forensic analysis is also a research focus. Current projects include examination of prehistoric scalping, skeletal evidence of syphilis at contact, and porotic hyperostosis (anemia).