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 Amanda Markham BA Hons, PhD, Grad. Cert (Archaeology)
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Senior Archaeologist

Amanda is a Senior Archaeologist/Anthropologist with over 20 years’ experience in cultural heritage management throughout New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

Amanda’s career began as a research assistant in a Native Title consultancy while studying as an undergraduate student at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). She graduated with First Class Honours in Anthropology in 1998 and went on to undertake a PhD at the Australian National University, examining the joint management of national parks in NSW and the Northern Territory (NT).

This facilitated a move to the NT where she joined the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in 2001. At AAPA she was engaged in the recording and protection of Aboriginal sacred sites as a field anthropologist, carrying out cultural heritage assessments under territory legislation, including skeletal remains assessments and large-scale, cultural heritage surveys in remote areas with Aboriginal Traditional Owners.

During 2009, she became manager of the AAPA’s Alice Springs office, and in 2010 the Director of Research, overseeing a team of 15 anthropologists, archaeologists and specialist consultants. While living in the NT, she also worked for the NT Parks and Wildlife Service for five years, developing joint management programs with Traditional Owners and NT Parks staff.

In 2012, Amanda undertook a Graduate Certificate of Archaeology at Flinders University in Adelaide. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree, investigating non-invasive methods for recording and analysing Aboriginal ancestral remains.

After several years in private consultancy, Amanda joined Biosis as a casual archaeologist in 2016. During this time she worked on many large scale salvage excavation and survey projects, such as the Mamre Road Industrial Precinct Development in Western Sydney, the Nimmie Caira Interim Land Management and Sustainable Diversion Limits Project and the Toorale National Park Water Project.

In late 2017, Amanda joined Biosis full time as a senior archaeologist for the NSW heritage team. This role allows her to utilise her consulting and project management skills, overseeing multiple large complex projects to deliver client outcomes within tight time frames and budget constraints. She draws upon her experience in assisting clients to develop cultural heritage management plans for major infrastructure projects such as the Silverton Wind Farm, the Limondale, Hillston and Hay solar farms, and the Nimmie Caira water project. She is passionate about mentoring and developing the skills of the Biosis heritage team, while ensuring Aboriginal people in NSW take an active role in the management of their cultural heritage.

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