Kinsella, Larry


Larry Kinsella’s interest in stone tools began as a boy on the farm when he found arrowheads. In the early 1970’s, he went to an adult field school in Kampsville, IL and dug at the famous Koster site. That began his work as an amateur field archaeologist and his association with the Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology. As a volunteer at the World Heritage site – Cahokia Mounds, he spent countless hours working on digs.

In 1979, he began making stone tools. At first he knapped flint into arrowheads. Soon other stone tools and ancient techniques caught his interest – stone axes, atlatls, spears, pottery, fire-making, and more. He not only made stone tools but used them and experimented with them. Since 2000, he has worked full-time as a professional field archaeologist, historical replicator and experimenter, demonstrator, and teacher. His work in archaeology has been honored with several awards over the years. The most prestigious was in 2010, from the Society of American Archaeology – The Don Crabtree Away – the highest honor given to any amateur archaeologist for his outstanding work.