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Samantha Keats BA (Hons), DipNRM
Team Leader – Heritage (NSW)

Samantha is a senior archaeologist and the NSW heritage team leader.

Before joining Biosis, Samantha worked for 20 years as a professional graphic artist but always had a passion for archaeology. After completing her BA majoring in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, and an honours thesis on ochre from the north-west Kimberley, Samantha began her consulting career and quickly developed a passion for Aboriginal archaeology. Joining Biosis in 2016, Samantha quickly gained extensive experience conducting Aboriginal archaeological surveys and large scale archaeological test excavation programs across NSW.

As a project manager, Samantha is accomplished in obtaining approvals under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and has authored numerous Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments, Cultural Heritage Management Plans and Statement of Heritage Impact reports. She is a highly experienced project manager and has conducted heritage projects associated with water infrastructure and linear projects, residential development projects, renewable energy projects and telecommunications projects. As part of these projects, Samantha has interacted with a diverse client base including local government, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Primary Industry and Water, resource companies, architectural firms, engineering firms, and private developers.

Samantha took on the team leader role in early 2021, where she supports and mentors the NSW heritage team. She continues to provide guidance to clients and work closely with Traditional Owners and stakeholder groups to achieve the best outcomes for the preservation of cultural heritage in NSW.

Samantha has a particular focus on rock art assemblages and is currently undertaking a PhD looking at rock art and faunal assemblages from the north-west Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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