Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Hannah Russ BSc Hons(2004),MSc (2006) PhD (2011 Bradford).

Dr Hannah Russ is a zoo-archaeologist with a specialist interest and knowledge of fish remains. She has worked on a number of projects associated with the School including the Newport Medieval Ship Project and is currently a team member and consultant to theWales Qatar Archaeology Project as a senior specialist dealing with animal remains. Hannah is currently working on the final report for one of the excavations which will be published as a monograph.

Hannah Russ is a well known and highly respected zoo-archaeologist. Although Hannah has only recently graduated from her PhD studies she has a several publications to her name and is on a number of national and international committees. To date the majority of Hannah’s research has been concerned with the prehistoric era (Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods) although she has also worked on historic period remains on a contract basis.

Hannah is an essential part of the Wales Qatar Archaeological project and adds an important environmental aspect to the work of the project. She is currently developing a collection of fish remains which will form the basis of a National Collection which will be housed in the Natural History Museum in Qatar.

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 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 from Durham Cathedral
  • 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.


  • Russ, H. 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.
  • 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. & J. McKenzie (eds.) An inherited place: Broxmouth hillfort and the southeast Scottish Iron Age.
  • Russ, H. In press. Crustacea from Broxmouth Iron Age hillfort. In Armit, I. & J. McKenzie (eds.)An inherited place: Broxmouth hillfort and the southeast Scottish Iron Age.
  • 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. In press. 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.
  • 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. p. 108. 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. p. 48. 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. p. 92-106. Avezzano: Archeoclub della Marsica.
  • Russ, H. 2009. Introduction to archaeological fish remains. BAJR Guide 29. 
  • 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. p. 295-300. 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. p. 167-169. 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. p. 111-131. Oxford: BAR International.


  • 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): 177-184.
  • Albarella, U., M. Charles, E. Forster, P. Halstead, G. Jones, H. Russ, A. Trentacoste & M. Wallace. 2012. Bioarchaeology and Environmental Archaeology at the University of Sheffield.Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica Natural Sciences in Archaeology 3: 171-178.
  • Russ, H. & A. K. G. Jones. 2011. Fish remains in cave deposits; how did they get there?Cave and Karst Science 38(3): 57-60.
  • 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. & 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 Archaeology14(2): 151-158.

Technical Reports

  • Russ, H. 2012. Fish remains from the Newport Ship. (Newport Medieval Ship Project)
  • Russ, H. 2012. Fish remains from William Hewson’s Anatomy School, London (18th century).
  • Russ, H. 2012. Faunal remains from Merrick’s Farm, Somerset. (AS Archaeology)
  • Russ, H. 2011. Fish remains from The Bugle, Isle of Wight. (Osteoarchaeology Services Ltd)
  • Russ, H. 2011. Fish remains from Grimsby. (Osteoarchaeology Services Ltd)
    Campion, S. & H. Russ. 2009. Faunal remains from CHE/UNG, assessment report. (L-P: Archaeology)
  • Russ, H. 2009. West Ham (CWJ07) faunal assemblage full report. (L-P: Archaeology)
  • Russ, H. 2009. The lithic assemblage from Kingsdale Head (KH09). (Ingleborough Archaeology Group)
  • Russ, H. 2008. Fish remains from Wharton Road, Stratford, London. (Cotswold Archaeology)
  • Russ, H. 2008. Fish remains from Bristol Harbourside. (Cotswold Archaeology)
  • Russ, H. 2008. West Ham (CWJ07) faunal assemblage assessment report. (L-P: Archaeology)
  • Russ, H. 2008. Commonhall Street faunal assemblage. (L-P: Archaeology)
  • Russ, H. 2008. Fish remains from Mitchell Lane, Bristol (MLB 06). (Cotswold Archaeology)
  • Russ, H. 2007. Fish remains from Broad Quay, Bristol, UK. (Cotswold Archaeology)