Russ Quick recently defended his dissertation in anthropology at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has over 14 years of field and laboratory experience in the southeastern and midwestern United States, Belgium, and North Ossetia. His research interests are varied and include both historic (in Europe, “Roman” is historic!) and prehistoric archaeology. Initially a history major at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Russ took archaeology courses to fill his elective requirements and eventually ended up with a double-major. He graduated with honors and moved to Chicago in 1999 to begin his master’s degree at UIC, where he met his future wife in 2001.
As part of his dissertation research, Russ recently spent three summer breaks working on prehistoric sites in eastern Belgium. His dissertation, “Refuge Fortifications in the Hesbaye Region of Liege Province, Belgium: An Explanation for Linienbandkeramik Site ‘Clustering’,” entailed a detailed GIS analysis of the spatial patterning of Neolithic fortifications and their relationship to unfortified Linienbandkeramik villages. As part of this work, archaeological geophysical surveys were conducted at 12 Neolithic sites in an effort to determine if they were, in fact, fortified and to map the subsurface features of each site.
In his spare time, Russ likes working on DIY projects around the family home and spending time with his wife and their four-legged, furry “children,” Moochie and Magoo. Russ and K adopted these two Boston Terriers from the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue Network, which saves unwanted/older Boston Terriers and finds them loving homes. K and Russ like to garden and cook with ingredients they grow themselves. Russ is an avid fan of NASCAR, Formula 1 (go McLaren!), ACC basketball (go Wolfpack!), professional baseball (go Cubs!) and British television, especially “Time Team.” Yes, he even watches, understands, and can explain the rules of cricket.