Self-described as an International Archaeologist of Mystery, Doug Prather is actually a Lake County native. He attended K-12 in the Kelseyville School District, and his family has a very long history here.

Doug received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from CSU, Chico. His Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: History and Archaeology, was obtained from the same school. While in graduate school, he began a career as an archaeologist for the Lassen National Forest. He spent more than ten years on this job, undertaking many excavations and field surveys. He describes it as some of the best years of his life.

Doug returned to Lake County to provide a stable environment, rich with family, for his two kids. He opened a private archaeological company which is still in business, albeit only when he feels like it!

For the past fifteen years he has been teaching classes at both Mendocino College and at Woodland Community College (Lake County Campus). Cultural and Physical Anthropology are the two foundation courses, although every once in a while he gets to teach archaeology for Woodland.

Whenever possible, Doug spends his summers abroad, working on excavations. He has dug in Incan and Cangahuan fortresses in Ecuador, an epic medieval castle in Ireland, and an untold number of digs in the U.S. Students are always welcome on these digs, and he encourages people to get out and see the world.