Brian DelCastello has more than 17 years of archaeological field and lab experience throughout the Midwest and Midsouth regions of the United States. He has supervised phase I, II, and III archaeological investigations in Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky and has participated in numerous projects throughout Indiana, West Virginia, New York, and Pennsylvania.
In 2005, Brian completed his master’s degree in anthropology at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His thesis research examined Late Woodland projectile technology as it related to the widespread adoption of the bow and arrow in southwestern Illinois. Brian’s current research interests are focused on pre-contact lithic technology, particularly in raw material procurement and utilization strategies of Woodland period tribal societies of the central Mississippi River Valley. His other research interests include geoarchaeology (with a special emphasis in pedology and landscape evolution). Brian is also skilled as a scientific illustrator, specializing in lithic artifacts.
In his free time outside of work, Brian enjoys getting his hands dirty working in the garden and ruining plenty of lumber during his aberrant woodworking and wood carving activities. He is also a member of the SCA, where he portrays a mid-10th century Danish huskarl. Currently he’s in the process of researching Anglo-Saxon pottery and early Rus woodworking techniques.
He is currently certified as a Kentucky Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (NREMT-B). He is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder through NOLS-WMI.
When not “on the job,” Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Missy. He also enjoys working his gardens, and tending to his animals, including chickens, quail, and rabbits.