Michael Strong Archaeologist

Michael Strong

Director and Senior Archaeologist

Email: mstrong@turnstone.com.au

T: 07 5497 5901

M: 0429 881 666


Qualifications and Memberships

Master of Archaeology and Heritage, Leicester University, UK

Member of the Association of Consulting Archaeologists

Member of the Australian Archaeologists Association

Member, Board of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Sydney

Member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters

Board of the Abbey Museum (Emeritus Director and Senior Curator)

Queensland Wader Study Group


General Safety Induction White Card

Current medical health assessment

Industry Safety Induction (ISI)

RACQ 4WD course


Strong, M.K., 2020. Glorious Glass. Stained Glass in the Abbey Museum Collection. Board of the Abbey Museum, Caboolture, Queensland.

Thursday, R.H., B.K. Diggles, CL. Gillies, Michael K. Strong, R. Kerkhove, S.M. Buckley, R.A. King, V. Smythe, G. Heller-Wagner, R. Weeks, F. Palin & I. McLeod. 2020. ‘Charting Two Centuries of Transformation in a Coastal Social-Ecological System: A Mixed Methods Approach’. Global Environmental Change, Vol 61, Mar 2020.

Strong, M.K. 2016. ‘John Ward: The Man Who Collected Houses’. British Archaeology (May June 2016): 34-41.

Strong, M.K. 2016. ‘One Ring to Rule Them All. Towards Understanding the Plethora of Bora Grounds in Southeastern Queensland.’ Queensland History: Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, February 2016, Vol. 22, No 12.

Strong, M.K., 2009. Predictive Landscape and Cultural Environmental Modelling of the Blackfellow Creek Focal Area, Lockyer Valley, for SEQ Catchments Healthy Waterways Project, Brisbane: South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership.

Strong, M.L. 2006. Unexpected Treasures: Highlights from the Abbey Museum. Board of the Abbey Museum, Caboolture, Queensland.

Strong, M.K., 2005. Historical Assessment of the Spring Gully Coal Seam Gas Project, Durham Downs district, Bungil Shire, Queensland, Origin Energy, Milton.


  • Project management
  • Consulting archaeology and cultural heritage assessments
  • community empowerment and upskilling
  • Ranger training programs
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Predictive landscape modelling
  • Reconstructing cultural landscapes
  • Ethnobotany and environmental awareness
  • Museum curatorship
Michael Strong on stage

Michael has a successful history of managing hundreds of heritage projects, both large and small since 1994. As a result, he has established a leading reputation in Queensland as a landscape archaeologist and a cultural heritage manager.

Michael’s current research interest is in developing an environmental predictive model that holds significant advantages in understanding traditional clan boundaries, site locations, as well as reconstructing lost cultural landscapes for Aboriginal communities, government agencies, and environmental planners.

Michael has developed a professional relationship with more than 30 Aboriginal communities throughout Queensland, where he has undertaken archaeological projects including training and upskilling workshops.

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland awarded Michael the prestigious Clem Lack Oration in 2015 for his studies on Aboriginal bora grounds published in 2016. The RHSQ awarded Michael its Centenary Medal in 2020 for leadership and service in the promotion and preservation of history.

He was the Director of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology from 1986 to 2012 and instigated the highly successful Abbey Medieval Festival.

Recent Keynote Projects


Hell’s Gates Dam Investigation, 2020-2021
A major scoping study undertaken over the proposed inundation area covering nearly 25,000 hectares for the Hells Gates Dam Business Case for Townsville Enterprises Ltd and SMEC on behalf of Gugu Badhun and Gudjala (Ngrragoonda) Aboriginal Corporations.

Kabi Kabi First Nation Shell Midden Recording Project, 2019- 2020
Comprehensive site recording and training project in Pumicestone Passage for Kabi People.

MIRVAC 2017-2019
Survey, predictive modelling, mitigation, and reporting for a major urban development project at Greenbank, Logan.

NEXUS Silver Coin Hoard 2017-2018
Management, historical research, and reporting of 5671 silver coins from a 19th century hoard – the largest Commonwealth and Royal Mint hoard in Australia.

Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass 2015-2016
Survey and excavation of six test pits on the proposed Beaudesert Bypass for the Mununjali People.

Gidarjil Ranger Training Program 2015
Training program with Care for Country Rangers and Elders.

Toowomba Second Range Crossing 2014-2016
Archaeologist for Queensland’s largest road project for the Western Wakka Wakka (Beattie family) and Jagera Daran.

Cultural Heritage survey of Littabella National Park 2013
Undertaken in conjuntion with the Gidarjil Aboriginal Rangers as a training and cultural landscape immersion program.

Gugu Badhun People for Metallica Minerals, Upper Burdekin
Major study of three mining locations producing a range of new and exciting discoveries for the Gugu Badhun, concurrent with their successful Native Title determination by the High Court.

Wyaralong Dam: Jagera People for Qld Water Infrastructure, 2008-2010
Cultural heritage survey of the proposed dam site and test quarry for the Wyaralong Dam Project, Teviot Brook, Southeast Qld. A significant find led to the largest Aboriginal archaeological excavation in Queensland, with the broad area excavation of the entire hilltop. The site recovered more than 6800 artefacts.

Hells Gate Ochre Quarry
Michael Strong in Egypt
Michael Strong at the Abbey Medieval Festival