Nadia Hancock

Nadia Arrighi

Cultural Heritage Consultant &

Office Manager 

M: 0419 726 268




Nadia joined Turnstone in 2021, initially as Office Manager, managing accounts, client relationships and company logistics. Since then, she completed her BA in History/Sociology and Indigenous studies and undertaken fieldwork in her specialist field of sensory archaeology and cultural landscapes, focusing specifically on rock shelters and rock art.

Nadia works closely with Aboriginal knowledge-holders across Queensland, particularly with Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People around Brisbane, and with the Gudjala People of Charters Towers in north Queensland. 

Nadia standing in a large open rockshelter recording stencil art

Hand stencils have been undervalued as an important aspect of rock art identity of and connection to place. Nadia has a passion for historical research with an Honours project, linking stencil rock art and sensory knowledges, which aims to incorporate the historical and cultural dimensions of sensory experience to give us a deeper understanding of the cultural landscape.

She has developed Turnstone’s environmental sensing program, which provides a holistic understanding of place, and a more accessible record for community while also creating environmental baselines for future monitoring.





Additionally, she undertakes volunteer work with the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology as the Public Programs Manager and is a Coordinator with the Abbey Medieval Festival. In 2023 was appointed President of the Abbey Museum Friends and became a member of the Abbey Museum Association.



BA Majors (History & Sociology) Minor (Indigenous Studies)

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA40104)


Professional Associations 

Member, Australian Archaeological Association Inc.

Member, Abbey Museum Association

President, Abbey Museum Friends

Member, USC Futures Collective


USC University Medal for Academic Excellence 2022

Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Prize 2021

Recent Keynote Projects

CleanCo Qld 2023

Visual assessment of the former Swanbank power station

Brisbane Airport Corporation 2022-2023

Heritage management plan and successful meetings with interested Aboriginal parties for Brisbane to widen the involvement of Indigenous representation.

White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate 2022-2023

Visual assessment of rockshelters and landscape features for Ipswich City Council

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services & Ngrragoonda Aboriginal Corporation (RNTB) 2023

Major scoping study for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services Gudjala (Ngrragoonda) Aboriginal Corporations, which resulted in significant discoveries of cultural sites.

Greenvale Defence Project 2022 ongoing

Major scoping study over 450,000 sq km for the Department of Defence on behalf of the Gudjala (Ngrragoonda) Aboriginal Corporation.