Eastern Shore Food Lab

About Dr. Schindler

As a specialist in primitive technologies, Bill Schindler is a teacher who lives his work.

Under his guidance, Washington College students embark on journeys that completely change how they think about their history as human beings, particularly as it relates to the fundamental necessity of finding and preparing food and making the tools needed to hunt and process foods. By drawing students closer to the sources of food—for instance, showing them how to form and fire clay cooking vessels, how to butcher a deer with a piece of obsidian, how to create a tool through flint-knapping techniques—Schindler imparts his concept of “sole authorship” that guides all of his work. The basis of this philosophy is simple: Being part of a process from start to finish is the only way to truly understand the amount of energy and effort—whether human or environmental—that is required to feed, clothe, and sustain a population. For example, to learn about prehistoric leather clothing, students would butcher and skin a deer, flesh and de-hair the hide, brain-tan the deerskin, research different forms of buckskin clothing, tailor clothing using traditional methods, wear the clothing and then have a truly informed discussion about this process.

Known worldwide for his work, in January 2015 Dr. Schindler gave the keynote address at EXARC, the world’s largest experimental archaeology conference. Also in 2015, he traveled the world with the National Geographic Channel filming its show “The Great Human Race.” Dropped into a time and place of our evolutionary past, he and his co-star Cat Bigney had to survive only on the tools and resources available to our human ancestors of that time and place.

Learn More About Bill Schindler

National Public Radio: Try Foraging for Your Thanksgiving Meal  

The Washington Post: Live it: A Professor Teachers the Cell-Phone Generation about Prehistory, Blood, Guts, and All”

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “”Lecturing in a Loincloth”

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “The Cutting Edge”

National Geographic Channel: “The Great Human Race”


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Dr. Bill Schindler • Washington College •