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Jagera Daran Pty Ltd for Queensland Urban Utilities


This project provided cultural heritage assessment and mitigation for a major sewer upgrade in the Redbank area near Woogaroo Creek.  Several test pits were excavated as part of the mitigation and hundreds of artefacts, particularly high quality backed blades manufactured on site, were recovered from Test Pit 1.  An earth oven (TP1: Oven 6) at this site provided a radiocarbon date of 197 32BP.  However, another fireplace (TP 4) recovered from 1.5 metres down had an older date of 1558 35 BP.




Port Curtis Coral Coast and Wakka Wakka #2 Claims for SunWater and Monto Minerals, 2007


Project manager and technical adviser for cultural heritage mitigation program involving detailed and comprehensive survey, assessment excavations, artefact collections, and lithic analysis for the SunWater pipeline, Goondicum Mine Project, Monto.

The project involved over 150 Aboriginal people and obtained an 800 year old carbon date for an Aboriginal earth oven.




Jagera Daran Pty Ltd for Queensland Transport (Main Roads), Origin Alliance and SMEC, 2008-2009


Investigative cultural heritage survey of the southern section of the historical Redbank Rifle Range and excavation of selected cultural heritage sites within the Ipswich Motorway Duplication project for the Jagera, Ugarapul and Yuggera Peoples.  A number of test pits were excavated prior to construction.  One of these recovered a backed point in association with a clay oven.  Radio carbon dating undertaken by the University of Waikato, New Zealand, produced a date of around 1700 AD 200 years.  Over 1000 artefacts were recovered. A post contact site dating to about the 1880s excavated located 73 shards of black bottle glass overlaying the first Aboriginal stone hearth site for the Ipswich area.


Port Curtis Coral Coast Claimants for Queensland Energy Resources, 1995-2013


Cultural heritage archaeologist for an assessment of cultural heritage values for the Stuart oil shale mine, Gladstone.  A long term best practice project, which culminated in a major heritage discovery of the Narrows Quarry and an intertidal stone arrangement in the form of a crocodile.



Jagera Daran Pty Ltd for Queensland Rail and Main Roads


As part of the Darra-Springfield Rail Corridor, Jagera Daran in association with Turnstone Archaeology undertook an assessment close to the existing Centenary Motorway.  Near Sandy Creek, a test pit located a Single Reduction Event consisting of more than 80 exquisitely crafted leaf shaped flakes.  A number of these flakes were able to be conjoined to form the original core.  A carbon date from a nearby test pit was 2948 34 BP, believed to be the oldest date for the Ipswich area so far.  In 2014 Queensland Rail decided to feature the best practice project in two of the their new rail stations at Springfield Lakes and Springfield Central.



Gudjal People and Yirendali People, 2011 for Qld National Parks & Wildlife Services and Townsville Enterprise


Cultural heritage audit of White Mountains National Park to determine potential constraints and visitor impacts. The survey located dozens of new art sites and a range of cultural and archaeological places of significance.




Gugu Badhun People for Metallica Minerals, Upper Burdekin


This major study of three mining locations for scandium in the Upper Burdekin produced a range of new and exciting discoveries for the Gugu Badhun, concurrent with their successful Native Title determination by the High Court. One location, previously unknown, produced thousands of earth ovens, where Gugu Badhun Aboriginal people were camping while accessing high quality chalcedony and chrysoprase. The study was undertaken with Gugu Badhun Elders who provided cultural information for the project.


Jagera Daran Pty Ltd for Queensland Water Infrastructure, 2010


Cultural heritage survey, assessment, mitigation and reporting of the Wyaralong Dam, Beaudesert, southeast Qld, for the Jagera Peoples. The study identified dozens of previously undocumented sites, including stone artefact concentrations, scarred trees, stone sources, significant waterholes, a rockshelter and two potential earth circle features. An extensive program of sub surface investigation located thousands of pristine artefacts, averaging more than 500 artefacts per test pit, including two possible new tool types for southeastern Qld. A number of large blades were recovered from two sites. Lithic analysis shows that large numbers (upwards of 50 per test pit in some cases) of backed artefacts were being manufactured on site. The sites were identified using a predictive model developed by Michael Strong. In most cases there were no artefacts visible on the surface when excavations commenced. The project is powerful evidence why commercial developments need to adequately provide for sub surface investigation in order to meet their duty of care.




Excavation of Skyringville Camp site: KE:B42, Bundaberg


An exciting partnership between the Taribelang, Gurang and Gooreng Peoples of the Port Curtis Coral Coast native title claim under the auspices of Gidarjil Development Corporation and Ocean Watch Australia, a national body representing commercial fisheries. Since its establishment in 1989, OceanWatch Australia has managed and administered a broad range of successful projects to improve environmental practices, protect threatened marine species, introduce sustainable technologies, change behaviours and restore important marine habitats. The Skyringville complex is located in a key ecotone at the delta of the Burnett River and contains a range of shell middens, camp sites and cultural places. Two test pit excavations were undertaken to determine stratigraphy and the age of the site. A basal AMS radiocarbon date of 1375 25 BP was obtained for Test Pit SKM-TP1 and 480 25 BP for SKM-TP2.




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