Leo Demski


Academic Interests: Historical Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, GIS, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Public Education, Westward Expansion, Caribbean/Latin American Studies, Materials Conservation, Ethnomusicology, Metallurgy, Digital Media, Science writing.   

Status: M.A. Student

Previous Degrees: BA (1995) Anthropology, New College of Florida.

BA Thesis Title: The Archaeology of African-American Slaves in the Caribbean: A Critical Synthesis and Comprehensive Bibliography.

Contact information: ldemski@nevada.unr.edu

Biography:  Leo Demski is a third year Master's student in archaeology.  Leo received his BA in anthropology in 1995 and worked in IT and CRM until 2014, when he packed up and moved 2000+ miles to start the MA program at UNR.  He is researching the historic town of Boca, California in the Sierra Nevada mountains for his Master's thesis, focusing on the town's economic development and production of lumber and seasonally harvested lake ice, an important resource in the days before the invention of electric refrigerators.  He has worked as an archaeologist for the state of Florida at Mission San Luis, in the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in the Black Hills of South Dakota, as well as at Sarasota County Historical Resources in Sarasota, Florida.  Prior to relocating to Reno, he did a 13 year stint as a world music DJ/ethnomusicologist at WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa, FL, and is an avid artist and photographer. He is currently an intern at the W.M.Keck Museum at UNR.