Researcher in the Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology PAS since 1961.
Specialization and research interests:
Nubiology, Coptic epigraphy.
UW graduate (1960); PhD since 1968. Dr Jakobielski was a member of the Faras expedition between 1961-64 (documentation and publication of inscriptions uncovered during the excavations). Since 1965 he has been participating in the Polish research mission in Old Dongola in Sudan; since 1966 he has been in charge of it. After the death of prof. Michałowski in 1981 he was appointed the head of that mission on behalf of the Mediterranean Archaeology Center UW. He performed that function until 2006. He further obtained his archaeological experience by participating in the excavations in Egypt (Tell Atrib, Alexandria, Deir el-Bahari), as well as in Syria (Palmyra). Between 1972-1974 he participated in the excavations at Qasr Ibrim as a guest of the British mission - Egypt Exploration Society.
From 1974 to 2000 he was in charge of the Nubiology Laboratory established in the Center to gather and process materials from the Polish excavation sites in Sudan. At the same time, he was the head of the Architectural and Archaeological Documentation Laboratory of the Center. Between 1995-1998 he was in charge of the Scientific Research Committee (KBN) research project “Cathedral in Faras. Architecture and painting.”
Dr. Jakobielski is a member of the International Nubiological Society from the beginning of its existence in 1972. He was the member of its board in 1978-1986. In 1980 he was chosen to be a correspondent member of the German Archaeological Institute. He is also a member of the International Association of Egyptologists.
Between 1974-89 Dr. Jakobielski was a lecturer at the Catholic Academy of Theology (currently Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University) in Warsaw. In 2006-2009 he was lecturing archaeology at the Theology and Humanism Academy in Podkowa Leśna. In 2008 he was nominated to be a professor of that academy. For many years he was an editor of some of the Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology PAS’s publishing series (Nubia, Etudes et Travaux) as well as the four volumes of the Nubica et Aethiopica as well as Bibliotheca Nubica series, in cooperation with the University of Bonn. Since 2005 he is a co-editor of the Gdańsk Archaeological Museum African Reports periodical.
In 2002 he was awarded the Order of the Two Niles Grand Cross – the highest Sudanese decoration that a foreigner can receive, awarded by the President of Sudan as a recognition for the merits in the archaeology and culture of that country. He also received the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Dr. Stefan Jakobielski received a medal from the hands of the Director of the Sudanese Antiquities Service for the deserts in saving the cultural heritage. He was also awarded by the Dongola authorities (Mejlis) a diploma for the research on the past of the region.