Roger Jacobi



Roger Jacobi, AHOB archaeologist, died in Watford General Hospital on 9 December 2009. He had been seriously ill with cancer for some time, but continued working actively and determinedly until the last few days.

Roger Jacobi was passionate about the palaeolithic and mesolithic. He catalogued huge collections of lithic artefacts and bones in museums and private hands, and his encyclopaedic memory and analytical insight would have bettered a computer (a machine he never touched). With his generous personality this made him a nexus for expanding understanding about early Britain. Pursuing an interest begun at school in Middlesex, he studied classics and archaeology at Cambridge and wrote a PhD on the British mesolithic. After teaching at Lancaster and Nottingham universities, he moved to the British Museum in 1994. In 2001 he became project archaeologist at the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project, now in its third phase, driving through an immense number of new discoveries. (by Mike Pitts, British Archaeology).


Higham and Jacobi

Roger Jacobi (right) and Tom Higham sampling a bone for radiometric dating.

You can see an interview of Roger talking about his work at the Manchester Museum here on YouTube.

Several tributes to Roger can be read in Volume 20.2 (2009) of Mesolithic Miscellany. []

Obituary of Roger in Mitteilungn der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte by Tom Higham.

(c) 2009, Ancient Human Occupation of Britain Project AHOB 3
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