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Wendy Hernandez BArch (Hons)
Team Leader – Heritage (Victoria)

Wendy is the team leader of the Victorian heritage team and a senior archaeologist with over ten years’ consulting experience. Having been raised partially in El Salvador and exposed to her own native indigenous culture and traditions, she is passionate about archaeology and the preservation of cultural heritage.

Wendy completed a Bachelor of Archaeology with Honours at La Trobe University. Her thesis focused on the theoretical review of bio-anthropological age estimation methods used to determine the age-at-death of Classic Maya individuals. The review explored issues of accuracy, particularly when compared to age records found in hieroglyphic evidence.

Having undertaken numerous field surveys and archaeological excavations in Victoria and Western Australia, Wendy has accrued valuable and extensive experience as an archaeologist. She has authored an abundance of assessments, including cultural heritage management plans (CHMPs), historical reviews, due diligence and constraints assessments, and letters of advice. She has also carried out numerous preliminary Aboriginal heritage tests (PAHTs) and cultural heritage permits. She is a highly experienced project manager and has conducted heritage projects associated with infrastructure works, residential and recreational developments, masterplans and urban planning. Wendy has been involved in a number of interesting archaeological excavations including the Glenrowan Ned Kelly siege site and the excavations of mid-19th century building foundations at Pentridge Prison.

Wendy joined Biosis in 2017 and stepped into the role of team leader in 2020, where she supports and mentors a large team of archaeologists. In addition to her team leader role, she continues to provide guidance to clients through complex legislative environments, and works closely with Traditional Owners and stakeholder groups to achieve the best outcomes in the preservation of cultural heritage in Victoria.

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