Principal Archaeologist and Physical/Forensic Anthropologist
Penny has extensive experience in carrying out indigenous archaeological and cultural heritage assessments. She is an archaeologist qualified in both indigenous archaeology and physical anthropology. Penny has completed a number of heritage assessments, and long-term research projects of indigenous sites throughout Australia, and has practical experience in all types of projects ranging from small developments to large-scale research/management projects and mine sites.
Penny has practical experience in research, survey, excavation, reporting and Aboriginal community consultation directly related to her role as an archaeologist. She has an understanding of indigenous cultural heritage (including shell middens, stone tools, occupation sites, art, sacred sites, burials, mortuary practices, skeletal identification, etc.) as a result of her academic qualifications, involvement in many regional-based archaeological projects and employment with private consultants and environmental companies throughout Australia.
Penny also has an understanding of the issues surrounding consultation with Aboriginal communities and has a proven track record in positive consultation and problem solving. Penny also keeps up to date with archaeological, theoretical and analytical issues relating to her profession.
Penny is also a Forensic/Physical Anthropologist and works with the Department of Forensic Medicine Newcastle, the NSW Forensic Services Group and Unsolved Homicide in regard to skeletal remains, recovery and identification (including aboriginal and non-aboriginal).
Penny is able to communicate effectively with professional clients and government departments, and has a sound knowledge of the legislative process, (both State and Federal) guiding the management of indigenous places and sites of cultural importance. She has developed professional working relationships with the relevant heritage bodies, Local Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal groups throughout NSW.