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Erica Walther BArch (Hons)
Team Leader, Heritage (Victoria)

Erica is the team leader of the Victorian heritage team and has been a consultant archaeologist for over 12 years, beginning her career in late 2007. Erica has gained career experience primarily in Victoria, and has also gained cultural heritage management and archaeological experience in Tasmania, New South Wales, and Queensland.

Erica started her studies at La Trobe University where she undertook a broad range of archaeological and historical subjects. Erica balanced an interest in historical archaeology with a growing understanding of and respect for Australia’s Traditional Owners and their history, archaeology, and culture. While at university, Erica also gained valuable volunteer experience, allowing her to participate in theoretical and practical aspects of academic and commercial archaeological investigations. Erica’s honours thesis focused on the recording and interpretation of a post-contact archaeological site on the Portland foreshore, and exploring the issues and opportunities in the interpretation and management of archaeological places.

In 2018, Erica joined Biosis as a senior archaeologist. Erica is a fully qualified Heritage Advisor as specified in the requirements of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, and a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (MAACAI) where she also acts as the current Victorian Chapter treasurer. Erica is a community representative on the Melton City Council Heritage Advisory Committee and a member of the National Trust.

With a strong background in project management, Erica focuses on delivering historic and Aboriginal cultural heritage assessments and providing high-level technical advice to our clients. Erica has experience conducting and supervising archaeological surveys, subsurface excavations, monitoring and salvages. She has also completed due diligence assessments, heritage impact assessments, “consents to disturb” and other permit applications and heritage reports including Conservation Management Plans (CMPs). Erica genuinely enjoys working as part of large in-house and external teams to deliver multi-scale, multi-disciplinary best-practice approaches to Aboriginal and historical cultural heritage requirements.

As team leader, Erica assists the heritage manager with day-to-day operations and quality assurance within the growing Biosis Victorian heritage team. Erica guides and mentors junior staff in negotiating legislative requirements, managing community expectations and maintaining high technical standards.

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