Patricia Kay Scott earned a bachelor's degree from the Anthropology Department of the State University of New York at Buffalo. During a museum and teaching career, she spent summers researching historical aspects of the Conquest and Early Postconquest Periods in the Marismas Nacionales on the west coast of Mexico. After retiring in 1981, she worked with her husband, Dr. Stuart D. Scott, in co-directing the 1979–1990 Old Fort Niagara Archaeology in Progress Project and the 1984 excavations of Fort Ontario. Patricia Kay Scott was awarded the 1999 New York State Seaway Trail's Award for spearheading the creation of the Lower Landing Archeological District National Historic Landmark.
William Edward Utley earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven, and a master's degree in military history from Norwich University. He served in the US Army as an infantry officer and in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He was a special agent with the Treasury Department for twenty-seven years. As an avocational archaeologist he has participated in numerous site excavations, including Thanet, England; LaBelle; Yorktown Shipwreck Project; George Washington’s Ferry Farm; Gettysburg National Military Park; and Fort Niagara. At Niagara, Utley was involved with all aspects of the research and especially known for his knowledge of arms, artillery, ammunition, and metal conservation.
William Utley and Patricia Kay Scott have previously co-authored contract reports for the New York State of Parks Recreation, and Historic Preservation, such as the 2007 An Archaeological View of Old Fort Niagara, Volume II about the excavated Small Arms & Artillery Ammunition, and the 2012 digitized version of Volumes I–IV of An Archaeological View of Old Fort Niagara. In 2019, they published Fort Niagara: The Key to the Inland Oceans and the French Movement to Dominate North America. While Scott is now retired in Tucson, Arizona, Utley is also retired but remains actively involved as a volunteer in archaeological projects at Gettysburg.