Short Bio

The founder of Ancestral Insight, Dr. Bill Schindler is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and the new Director of The Eastern Shore Food Lab. Currently, Dr. Schindler is on sabbatical and he and his family are living abroad in Ireland for a year while he researches for his book on ancestral diets via The Food Evolutions Project.   Most recently, Dr. Schindler co-starred in National Geographic's series, The Great Human Race. As both a prehistoric archaeologist and experimental archaeologist his research and teaching interests revolve around a comprehensive understanding of prehistoric technologies including lithic (stone tool), ceramic, and fiber technologies and all aspects of prehistoric food acquisition, processing, storage, and consumption. Dr. Schindler 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. He regularly speaks about and conducts workshops on prehistoric diets, fermentation, charcuterie, foraging, and butchering. His outlook on food has revolutionized the way in which he and his family eat and he attributes much of the health they enjoy to the hunted, gathered, and fermented foods that comprise a significant portion of their diets.  Dr. Schindler resides in Church Hill, Maryland with his wife, Christina and their three children. 

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Points of pride

Addressing Fall 2014 Convocation, Schindler shucked his academic regalia to reveal a hand-made deerskin tunic.