Saige Kelmelis

Assistant Professor



Phone: (605) 677-5402


Teaching Interests:

Introduction to Physical Anthropology (ANTH 220), Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (ANTH 310), Human and Animal Osteology (ANTH/CJUS 435)

Research Interests:

Biological anthropology; forensic anthropology; bioarchaeology; paleodemography; paleoepidemiology; paleopathology; zooarchaeology; anthropology of death and disease; urbanization and health; mortuary archaeology


  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant in Biological Anthropology: City living and biological frailty, National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2018 - 2019)
  • Modeling variation in well-being in urban and rural skeletal samples from medieval Denmark, Wenner-Gren Foundation. Grant Role: Principal. (2017 - 2019)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Alexandersen, M, Bjerregaard, M M., Kelmelis, Saige, and Tarp, P. From the gallows to the grave - investigating the cause of death of seven skeletons from Renaissance Odense., 305-317. Vol. 76, Iss. 4. Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht uber die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur, 2019. (DOI: 10.1127/anthranz/2019/0959)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, and Pedersen, Dorthe D.. Impact of urbanization on tuberculosis and leprosy prevalence in medieval Denmark, 149-166. Vol. 76, Iss. 2. ANTHROPOLOGISCHER ANZEIGER, 2019. (DOI: 10.1127/anthranz/2019/0962)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, Price, Michael H., and Wood, Jim. The effect of leprotic infection on the risk of death in medieval rural Denmark, 763-775. Vol. 164, Iss. 4. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 2017. (DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23314)