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MICHAEL STRONG                  

Michael is the director and principal archaeologist of Turnstone Archaeology with an M.A. (Archaeology & Heritage) from the University of Leicester, UK.  Michael is a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists and a Member of the Australian Archaeological Association.

He has successfully managed hundreds of heritage projects, large and small, since 1994 and has established a leading reputation in Queensland as a landscape archaeologist and cultural heritage manager.  His current research interest is developing an environmental predictive model that has major advantages for Aboriginal communities and environmental planners.  He has authored two books on the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, one of Australia’s leading small museums, where he was director 1980 to 2012, and has appeared in numerous films, TV interviews, radio broadcasts and newspaper articles.

In 1993 Michael was nominated for Queenslander of the Year award for services for the preservation of Aboriginal sites.  Among numerous projects, Michael worked on the famous Vindolanda site on Hadrian’s Wall, and also on a Black Death excavation in London and has travelled in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Balkans, Turkey and Egypt looking at museum practices, medieval festivals and archaeological sites.

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Nino is a graduate of Bachelor of Social Science Majoring in History/Archaeology with Honours in Archaeology from James Cook University, Townsville.  Early travels across China and Europe cemented his interest in archaeology and the study of the ancient world.  He has participated in archaeological excavations in both Southeast Asia and Australia, in particular the Peoples Democratic Republic of Laos and Hervey Range area of Townsville.  He has also been worked as a Cultural Heritage Officer with Traditional Owners in Western Queensland.  Antonino has a particular interest in ancient mining and quarrying and its potential applications in understanding societal structures of ancient groups.  Nino acted as assistant archaeologist for Michael Strong for the huge Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project.



Jaya is a graduate from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology and a minor in political science.  She is currently enrolled in her Masters of Archaeology and Heritage management at Flinders University in Adelaide.  Growing up in a family involved in reconciliation and cultural heritage in Queensland influenced her university studies in indigenous Australian pre-history and archaeology.  Jaya has travelled extensively across the globe, participating in archaeological excavations in Malawi and Turkey.  She has also worked with Turnstone Archaeology as a student archaeologist on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project.  Jaya’s main interests are the study of Australian prehistory, lithics and the Far East.


Anne is Turnstone’s office manager, who looks after our organisational and financial aspects.  Anne has over 25 years’ experience in office administration and management, including over 14 years working within the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.  She has several administration and financial qualifications and has advanced skills in all aspects of office management.  For many years, Anne has also held the voluntary position of secretary or treasurer in a number of not-for-profit organisations, as well as being Gates Coordinator at the Abbey Medieval Festival.  Anne has recently completed a B.A.S.S. in Counselling.


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