Don Miller

Kentucky Lab Director

Northern Kentucky University, B.S. Anthropology


Don Miller is a native of Wayne County, Kentucky, and his curiosity of geology and anthropology was piqued at a very young age. He began his studies of History and Anthropology in primary school, visiting any archaeological site or battlefield he could convince his parents to drive him to. He graduated Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a minor in Native American Studies and History.


Mr. Miller has over 28 years of laboratory and field experience in archaeology. His primary duties have been focused on management of the laboratory and personnel. He has also field directed numerous archaeological and geomorphological projects and cemetery relocations. Mr. Miller has been responsible for the curation of large samples of artifacts with facilities in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and Southeastern United States. He has specific skills for organization of artifact assemblages and associated documentation in various media, and has successfully completed several curation projects with the National Park Service.


Mr. Miller has considerable experience in conducting analysis of prehistoric and historic artifacts from throughout the eastern United States. He has extensive knowledge of artifact assemblages from the Ohio, Lehigh, Delaware, Cumberland, and Mississippi River drainage systems. Mr. Miller has been involved with chert quarry and sourcing investigations in Kentucky at Fort Campbell, Fort Knox, and in the Delaware and Wallkill River valleys of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.


Mr. Miller is a skilled replicator of prehistoric tools and weapons, and his reproductions have been displayed in museums and are used for comparative examples for microwear analysts. Mr. Miller’s tool reproductions have been used as props for books and video productions. His research interests include experimental replication of triangular projectile points and archery equipment, and their performance in hunting scenarios.


When not thinking about archaeology, Mr. Miller enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, bow hunting, and he is an avid herpetologist.