History

The Ingalls archaeological handpick/patiche was "born" in late 1985 after one of Larry and Dorothy Ingalls' many excursions to archaeological dig sites in the Middle East.

After becoming increasingly frustrated with the poor quality of handpicks available at that time, Larry Ingalls drew up an idea he had for a pick uniquely suited to the needs of archaeologists. He passed the drawings along to his son, Bill, a master draftsman and inventor. Bill turned the drawings into prototypes; the prototypes evolved into the four sizes of archaeological handpicks/patiches we now manufacture.

Larry and Dorothy Ingalls in between archaeological digs. Many summers they worked at the Ashkelon site in Israel, but they also worked on digs in Jordan, Cyprus, Peru, and Massachusetts, among others.

The business has continued to be a small family-run operation. After Larry's death in 1987, the daily operations passed to Dorothy, and then on to Bill Ingalls, who passed it on to his wife, Deb Ingalls. Deb nurtured and sustained the business until 1997, when she passed it on to Larry and Dorothy's granddaughter Ursula. Fast-forward to June of 2010: With Ursula's increasing commitment to the recycling and renewable energy industries, Ingalls Archaeological Supply has now returned to Deb and Bill Ingalls. We look forward to maintaining the personalized service that Ursula has provided, and renewing our relationships with our valued customers.

We are committed to continuing to provide our unique specialty handpicks, and are currently developing ideas for new products.

Handpicks