Dr. Bill Schindler is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. As both an experimental archaeologist and primitive technologist, his research and teaching, both in and outside of the college, revolve around a comprehensive understanding of prehistoric technologies including lithic (stone tool) technologies, prehistoric ceramic technologies, projectile technologies, hunting, foraging, hide working, fiber technologies and all aspects of prehistoric food acquisition, processing, storage, and consumption. He believes that the better understanding of prehistoric life made possible through the archaeological record and a practical understanding of the technologies that created it can contextualize our place in the world and help provide answers to many of the issues facing us today. Bill is a strong advocate of traditional foodways and is constantly seeking new ways to incorporate lessons learned from his research into the diets of modern humans. His outlook on food has revolutionized the way in which he and his family eat and he attributes much of the health his wife and three children enjoy to the hunted, gathered, and fermented foods that comprise a significant portion of their diets.
Bill Schindler has been trained by some of the world’s leading archaeologists, experimental archaeologists and primitive technologists. His research and teaching combine both academic and hands-on approaches resulting in unique teaching and learning opportunities and he is equally at home in the middle of the forest armed with a hand-made bow stalking a deer or in a college classroom delivering a lecture to a group of students. He truly lives what he teaches and teaches what he lives. His teaching style is based on the belief that students are active learners and are best served by doing and solving real-world problems whenever possible; his approach is what he calls sole authorship, project based, hands-on learning where students are engaged in a project for its entirety – immersed from the very beginning to very end. In 2014, he was awarded the Washington College Alumni Associated Distinguished Professor of the Year Award, was nominated for the Carnegie-CASE-Phi Beta Kappa Professor of the Year Award, and in 2015 he delivered the keynote address focused on his approach to teaching at the world’s largest Experimental Archaeology Conference in Dublin, Ireland.
Dr. Schindler's Distinctions:
Bill Schindler is a member of the:
- Alpha Psi Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society,
- Lamda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society, and
- Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society.
Dr. Schindler holds the following leadership positions:
- Vice-Chair of the Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference,
- Vice-chair of EXARC (the worldwide network of experimental archaeology, primitive technology, open-air museums, and historical reenactment),
- Former president of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, and
- Former member-at-large of the former Society of Primitive Technology.
He has published 24 articles and book chapters, 6 technical reports, organized and/or chaired 9 symposiums, delivered 35 papers at professional conferences, 6 posters at professional conferences, 29 invited lectures and scores of workshops and presentations all around the world.
The Great Human Race TV Show
Most recently, he literally traveled the world learning about and interpreting the life of our ancestors by attempting to recreate life during the many different technological milestones from the past 2.5 million years as a host for the new National Geographic television series, "The Great Human Race." This intensive learning experience has literally transformed the manner in which Dr. Schindler looks at the world, interprets the past, and teaches his classes.
About Ancestral Insight
It is our belief that even at the most basic level practicing primitive skills, foraging, hunting, or even fermenting our own foods help all of us connect with our ancestors and our environment in ways that are only attainable through this sort of hands-on teaching and learning. This sort of connection helps us make decisions on a daily basis to better improve our health and that of our family, community and environment.
Our presentations, workshops and classes help foster these connections at all levels. Whether you are just looking to learn a new skill or to completely transform your relationship with your food to the point that you are foraging, making your own hunting equipment from scratch, and utilizing every part of your kill, we can help guide you on your path.
What People are Saying about Bill Schindler's Workshops:
- “Bill Schindler is GREAT: Enthusiastic and knowledgeable”
- “Outstanding presenter; amazing topic. One of the best programs provided by Smithsonian Institution”
- “Well presented information”
- “Very well organized. Great knowledge, glad you didn’t talk about what to eat on a specific ‘diet’ structure”
- “Interesting topic, covered well. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable”