Rachel Popelka-Filcoff (FRACI) is the Kimberley Foundation Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her laboratory integrates advanced nuclear and spectroscopic approaches into multidisciplinary projects, including cultural heritage chemistry and archaeological science.
Her research is to the first comprehensive characterization of Australian Aboriginal natural mineral pigments on cultural heritage materials by several analytical methods. Rachel holds a BA from Washington University in St Louis a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Missouri as a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and completed a National Research Council postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). From 2009-2020, she was at Flinders University in Adelaide, including 2010-2016 where she was an AINSE Senior Research Fellow. Rachel has received awards for her research including the South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year in 2012, which recognizes the top early career researcher in the state. Rachel is the Past President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, and on the editorial board of Journal of Archaeological Science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. She has had her research profiled in several scientific and general media outlets such as Cosmos Magazine, Chemistry in Australia, and Chemistry World, and radio and television interviews.
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Glass-containing gunshot residues and particles of industrial and occupational origins: Co..
Consumption and exchange in Early Modern Cambodia: NAA of brown-glaze stoneware from Longv..
Analysis of elemental and isotopic variation in glass frictionators from 0.22 rimfire prim..
Displaying the 51 most recent scholarly works by Rachel Popelka-Filcoff.
Glass-containing gunshot residues and particles of industrial and occupational origins: Considerations for evaluating GSR traces.
Kelsey E Seyfang, Nick Lucas, Kahlee E Redman, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Hilton J Kobus, K Paul Kirkbride
Journal article | 2019 | Forensic Science International
In an ideal case, the value of traces would be determined numerically and presented through the use of likelihood ratios or verbal..
Methods for analysis of glass in glass-containing gunshot residue (gGSR) particles.
Kelsey E Seyfang, Nick Lucas, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Hilton J Kobus, Kahlee E Redman, K Paul Kirkbride
Journal article | 2019 | Forensic Science International
When lead, barium and antimony, or lead, barium, calcium, silicon and tin are found together in particles associated with a shooti..
Consumption and exchange in Early Modern Cambodia: NAA of brown-glaze stoneware from Longvek, 15th-17th centuries.
Martin Polkinghorne, Catherine Amy Morton, Amy Roberts, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Yuni Sato, Voeun Vuthy, Pariwat Thammapreechakorn, Attila Stopic, Peter Grave, Don Hein, Leng Vitou
Journal article | 2019 | PLOS ONE
An evaluation of the geochemical characteristics of 102 storage jar sherds by k0-neutron activation analysis (k0-NAA) from archaeo..
Thermal decomposition of Australian uranium ore concentrates: characterisation of speciation and morphological changes following thermogravimetric analysis
Tim G Ditcham, Andrew Wotherspoon, K Paul Kirkbride, Claire E Lenehan, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Novel application of X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) for the non-destructive micro-elemental analysis of natural mineral pigments on Aboriginal Australian objects
Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Claire E Lenehan, Enzo Lombi, Erica Donner, Daryl L Howard, Martin D de Jonge, David Paterson, Keryn Walshe, Allan Pring
Journal article | 2016 | The Analyst
A multidisciplinary investigation of a rock coating at Ngaut Ngaut (Devon Downs), South Australia
Amy Roberts, Isobelle Campbell, Allan Pring, Graham Bell, Alan Watchman, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Claire E Lenehan, Christopher T Gibson, Natalie Franklin
Journal article | 2015 | Australian Archaeology
Evaluation of relative comparator and k (0)-NAA for characterization of Aboriginal Australian ochre
Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Claire E Lenehan, Michael D Glascock, John W Bennett, Attila Stopic, Jamie S Quinton, Allan Pring, Keryn Walshe
Conference Proceedings | 2012 | Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Macusani obsidian from southern Peru: A characterization of its elemental composition with a demonstration of its ancient use
Nathan Craig, Robert J Speakman, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Mark Aldenderfer, Luis Flores Blanco, Margaret Brown Vega, Michael D Glascock, Charles Stanish
Journal article | 2010 | Journal of Archaeological Science
ENVR 144-Certification of three soil Standard Reference Materials (R) for inorganic environmental measurements
Elizabeth A Mackey, Steven J Christopher, Russell D Day, Stephen E Long, Anthony Marlow, John L Molloy, Karen Murphy, Rick L Paul, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Savelas A Rabb, John R Sieber, Rabia Oflaz Spatz, Bryan E Tomlin, Laura Wood, Lee L Yu, Rolf Zeisler, Stephen A Wilson, Clifton Jones, John Nebelsick
Conference Proceedings | 2009 | ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
NUCL 54-Application of nuclear analytical techniques in the development of Standard Reference Materials
Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, L Raymond Cao, R Gregory Downing, Robert R Greenberg, Richard M Lindstrom, Elizabeth A Mackey, Rick L Paul, Barbara J Porter, Bryan E Tomlin, Rabia O Spatz, Rolf L Zeisler
Conference Proceedings | 2008 | ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
Portable-XRF (PXRF) analysis of Tiwanaku and Wari metal objects from the Osmore River drainage, Peru
Robert J Speakman, Patrick Ryan Williams, Mark S Aldenderfer, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, J David Robertson, Paul S Goldstein, Michael D Glascock
Conference Proceedings | 2006 | ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
Chemical analysis of glass beads from Madagascar
P Robertshaw, M Wood, RS Popelka-Filcoff, MD Glascock, B Rasoarifetra, E Melchiorre
Journal article | 2006 | Journal of African Archaeology
Chemical analysis of 31 glass beads from the sites of Mahilaka and Sandrakatsy in Madagascar, which date to approximately the 9th ..
Chemical analysis of ancient African glass beads: A very preliminary report
P Robertshaw, MD Glascock, M Wood, RS Popelka
Journal article | 2003 | Journal of African Archaeology
We report the preliminary results of chemical analysis by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry of 156 glass..
Determining the origins of particulates on Arkaroo Rock art
Kate Colyer, Jamie S Quinton, Allan Pring, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff, Claire E Lenehan
Journal article | Open Journal of Archaeometry
Arkaroo Rock, an important Aboriginal art site located in the Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, features a range of ..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
AINSE Research Fellowship
Research Associate Program Fellowship
Graduate Research Fellowship
FRACI - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Kfa Minderoo Chair In Archaelogical Science
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
American Chemical Society
Society of Archaeological Sciences
University of Missouri
Washington University in St Louis