Dr Hannah Russ
Honorary Research Fellow
PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)
0114 22 22928
Department of Archaeology
Hannah was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Bioarchaeology (2004), an MSc in Biological Archaeology (2006) and a PhD (2011) from the University of Bradford.
Hannah’s research interests are in understanding the role of fish and other marine resources in past diet, focusing mainly on the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic periods in Western Europe, and the Islamic period in the Middle East.
In 2010 her PhD research on this topic was awarded the Eila Campbell Scholarship by the British Federation of Women Graduates for academic excellence.
Hannah is keen on public engagement. She delivers archaeology workshops in schools and works on collaborative projects with museums.
Current research projects / collaborations
Hannah is currently involved in several research projects:
- Zooarchaeological analysis at Ruwayda and Rubayqa, nothern Qatar, working with Dr. Andrew Petersen, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter.
- Fish remains from the Newport Medieval Ship
- Fish remains from William Hewson's Anatomy School (18th century)
- Fish remains from Middle and Upper Palaeolithic cave sites in Western Europe.
- Mesolithic landscape use in the Kingsdale Valley; excavations at Kingsdale Head, North Yorkshire. Co-directed with Dr. Nigel Melton, University of Bradford, and working closely with Ingleborough Archaeology Group.
- Fish remains and crustaceans at Broxmouth Iron Age hillfort, working with the Professor Ian Armit at the University of Bradford.
- Fish hook morphology at Pompeii; can hooks be used to identify targeted fish species?
- Fish remains from Tuckwell’s Pit, Oxfordshire. Establishing environmental and climatic conditions during MIS5, working with Dr. Kate Scott, University of Oxford.
- Bone borrowing; working with museums to maximise access and the research potential of museum skeleton collections.
Hannah is an Assistant Lecturer on the following modules at the University of Sheffield:
- Method and Theory in Archaeozoology (PG)
- Archaeozoology (UG)
- Origins of Humanity (UG)
Understanding Zooarchaeology Short Course
Hannah was an invited speaker on the 03-410 Ecology course at Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar in 2012
She taught at undergraduate and Masters level at the University of Bradford between 2007 and 2011
Russ, H. & J. A. Lee-Thorp. Forthcoming. To fish, or not to fish? Using observations of recent hunter-gatherer fishing in the interpretation of Late Pleistocene fish bone assemblages. In Broderick, L. (ed.) People with Animals: Perspectives and Studies in Ethnozooarchaeology. Oxford: Oxbow.
Robson, H., S. H. Andersen, O. Craig, A. Fischer, F. Feulner, A. Gledhill, K. Glykou, S. Hartz, H. Lübke, N. Milner, H. Russ, H. Saul, U. Schmölcke, V. Steele and C. Heron. Forthcoming. Carbon and nitrogen isotope signals in eel bone collagen from Mesolithic and Neolithic sites in northern Europe. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe, Santander 2010.
Melton, N. D. & H. Russ. In press. Archaeological evaluation undertaken in 2007 on the site of the 1834 Gristhorpe discovery. In Melton, N. D., J. Montgomery & K. Knüsel (eds.) Gristhorpe Man: a life and death in the Bronze Age. Oxford: Oxbow.
Russ, H. In press. Fish remains from Broxmouth Iron Age hillfort. In Armit, I. et al. Broxmouth Iron Age Hillfort.
Russ, H. In press. Crustacea from Broxmouth Iron Age hillfort. In Armit, I. et al. Broxmouth Iron Age Hillfort.
Russ, H. & A. Petersen. In press (2013) Fish and fishing during the Late Islamic period at Rubayqa, northern Qatar; preliminary results. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 43: XX-XX
Russ, H., I. Armit, J. McKenzie & A. K. G. Jones. 2012. Deep-sea fishing in Iron Age Scotland? New evidence from Broxmouth hillfort, East Lothian. Environmental Archaeology 17(2): XX-XX
Russ, H. 2011. Harbourside, Bristol: Fish bone. In Watts, M. (ed.) Medieval and Post-Medieval Development within Bristol’s Inner Suburbs. Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Reports 7. p108. Cirencester: Cotswold Archaeology.
Russ, H. 2011. Thomas Street, Bristol: Fish bone. In Watts, M. (ed.) Medieval and Post-Medieval Development within Bristol’s Inner Suburbs. Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Reports 7. p48. Cirencester: Cotswold Archaeology.
Mussi M., E. Cancellieri, E. D’Angelo, I. Fiore, R. T. Melis, H. Russ & L. Salvadei. 2011. Ricerche a Grotta di Pozzo (AQ): 1992-2009. In: Il Fucino e le aree limitrofe nell’Antichità. p92-106. Avezzano: Archeoclub della Marsica.
Russ, H. & A. K. G. Jones. 2011. Fish remains in cave deposits; how did they get there? Cave and Karst Science 38(3):117-120.
Russ, H. 2010. The Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo): a fish bone accumulator on Pleistocene cave sites? Journal of Taphonomy 8(4): 281-290.
Russ, H. 2009. Introduction to archaeological fish remains. BAJR Guide 29.
Russ, H. & A. K. G. Jones. 2009. Late Upper Palaeolithic fishing in the Fucino Basin, central Italy, a detailed analysis of the remains from Grotta di Pozzo. Environmental Archaeology 14(2): 151-158.
Russ, H. 2008. Taphonomic processes and human accumulation of fish remains at Palaeolithic sites in Europe. Grotta di Pozzo: a case study. In Béarez, P., S. Grouard & B. Clavel. Archaeologie du Poisson. 30 Ans d’Archaéo-Ichtyologie au CNRS. Hommage aux travaux de Jean Desse et Nathalie Desse-Berset. XXVIIIe rencontres internationales d’archaéologie et d’histoire d’Antibes. p295-300. Antibes: Éditions APDCA.
Russ, H., R. E. Donahue & A. K. G. Jones 2008. Trout Processing in the Upper Palaeolithic? In N. Sykes and C. Newton (eds) Food and Drink in Archaeology I. p167-169. Totnes: Prospect Books.
Mussi, M., E. Cocca, E. D’Angelo, I. Foire, R. Melis & H. Russ. 2008. Tempi e modi del ripopolamento dell’Appennino centrale nel Tardiglaciale: nuove evidenze da Grotta di Pozzo (prov. L’Aquila). In Mussi, M. (ed.) Il Tardiglaciale in Italia, Lavori in Corso. BAR International Series 1859. p111-131. Oxford: BAR International.
Other professional activities
- Prehistoric Society
- Quaternary Vertebrate Research Group (QUAVER)
- Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA)
- International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ)
- Fish Remains Working Group (FRWG)
- Professional Zooarchaeology Group (PZG)
- Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI)
Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA): Committee Member 2011 - 2014
Archaeological Fish Resource: Steering Committee Member
Excavations at Kingsdale Head, North Yorkshire: Co-director
Hannah has also reviewed manuscripts for the journals: Post-Medieval Archaeology, Quaternary International, Archaeofauna, Environmental Archaeology and International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.
Hannah’s personal website: archaeology in action