Aboriginal Heritage Surveys: Anthropological and Archaeological

About this Service

Our firm undertakes Aboriginal heritage surveys involving both anthropological (ethnographic) and archaeological components, utilising an agreed survey methodology that is determined by the client as an outcome of its engagement with the Aboriginal stakeholders.

Our firm works closely with and under the cultural directions of Aboriginal people, be they native title applicants and/or native title holders, through established Corporations and Native Title Prescribed Body Corporates. This approach ensures that all of the heritage surveys that our firm undertakes meet ‘Best Practice’ standards from a professional and community engagement aspect as well as policy and legislative requirements.

Survey Methodology

Depending on requirements, Aboriginal heritage surveys can be undertaken using different survey methodologies, which provide a different outcome for a different purpose.  Our firm undertakes surveys using all of the current industry standard survey methodologies to the highest standards and always with the participation of Aboriginal people. 

Work Program Clearance Survey:

An Aboriginal heritage survey using a Work Program Clearance methodology occurs where the client wants to ensure that particular ground disturbing activity such as a single drill hole, is cleared of any Aboriginal heritage values. More...

Work Area Clearance Survey:

An Aboriginal heritage survey using a Work Area Clearance methodology occurs where the client wants to ensure that a number of ground disturbing activities such as the construction of an access track and a drill hole(s) within an area of land, is cleared of any Aboriginal heritage values. More...

Site Avoidance Survey:

An Aboriginal heritage survey using a Site Avoidance methodology occurs where the client is more certain about the future use of the land and wants to ensure that the spatial boundary of any Aboriginal sites or places within the land are clearly defined. More...

Site Identification to Section 18 Standard / Cultural Significance Assessment:

An Aboriginal heritage survey using a Site Identification methodology occurs where the client is certain about the future use of the proposed development and wants to ensure that the spatial boundary and archaeological and cultural significance of any Aboriginal sites or places within the proposed development area are clearly spatially defined and recorded. More...

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