Jon Russ

Our research is focused on chemical studies of archaeological and environmental materials.  We use a variety of analytical methods including XRF, SEM-EDS, LA-ICP-MS and GC-MS to characterize the chemistry of archaeological artifacts and environmental samples. Recent projects include the analysis of rock coatings that cover ancient rock art and samples of prehistoric rock paints, as well as archaeological smoking pipes.

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Ginsberg, S., Rayburn, L., Bray, A., Nuñez-Parker, F., Dowling, A., & Russ, J. (2021) Evidence for atmospheric aerosols as a source of oxalate in rock coatings from the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwestern Texas, Geoarchaeology, in review.

Tolan, G., Rebbe, C. C., Carmody, S., Blair, E. H., Dye, D. H., & Russ, J. (2021). Organic residue analysis of two Mississippian period human effigy pipes. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 35, 102686.

Carmody, Stephen, Jera Davis, Joshua Sharp, Surendar Tadi, Ryan K. Hunt, & Jon Russ (2018)  Evidence of tobacco from a Late Archaic smoking tube recovered from the Flint River site in southeastern North AmericaJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports 21, 904-910.

Carmody, Stephen B,.  Megan C. Kassabaum, Ryan K. Hunt, Natalie Prodanovich, Hope Elliott & Jon Russ, (2018) Residue analysis of smoking pipe fragments from the Feltus archaeological site, Southeastern North America, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 17, 640-649.

Jon Russ, Mary D. Pohl, Chris L. von Nagy, Karen L. Steelman, Heather Hurst, Leonard Ashby, Paul Schmidt, Eliseo F. Padilla Gutiérrez, Marvin W. Rowe (2017) Strategies for 14C Dating the Oxtotitlán Cave Paintings, Guerrero, Mexico. Advances in Archaeological Practice, Vol 5, 1-14.


B.S., Chemistry (1987) Corpus Christi State University (now TAMU-CC)
Ph.D., Analytical/Physical Chemistry (1991) Texas A&M University