Epigraphic Research is a registered Illinois research association dedicated to the rigorous scientific study of some of the world's most enduring enigmas.
Current projects include: monitoring and disseminating scientific research about the Shroud of Turin; investigation of the Hooper Ranch Pueblo sun dagger shrine and Quetzalcoatl effigy; and the ongoing identification of ancient Chinese rock writings in North America.
Author and Primary Researcher
John A. Ruskamp, Jr. is the Senior Research Analyst for Epigraphic Research. His education includes a B.S. in biochemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology, three graduate degrees (M.Ed., M.B.A, and Ed.D.) from Loyola University of Chicago, and extensive postdoctoral coursework.
During his multifaceted professional career, John worked as an analytical chemist for Argonne National Laboratory; taught college courses for VanderCook College on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology; served as a mathematics instructor for the Army-Navy Academy; and as a teacher, administrator, and the first eLearning Manager for the Chicago Public Schools... a position in which he pioneered the introduction of online credit courses, Internet content filtering, and professional computer training activities for the District's 640 school sites.
Currently John is involved with the Adler Planetarium's near-space high altitude balloon program and lectures on the following topics: "The Identification of Ancient Chinese Pictograms in pre-Columbian North American Rock Writing;" "Scientific Studies of the Shroud of Turin;" and "The Cultural Significance of the Hooper Ranch Pueblo sun dagger Shrine and Quetzalcoatl effigy."
John is a member of numerous intellectual, scientific, cultural, historical, archaeological, and religious organizations. In settings such as these, he enjoys exchanging information about some of humanity's most perplexing topics.