About

The team at Advance Archaeology specialise in...

Aboriginal and historical cultural heritage survey, mitigation, and excavation and pride ourselves on providing a high standard of reporting. 

We provide a reliable, tailored service, and work alongside the individual, First Nations, and corporate-based clients to meet with the defined parameters of any project. Our specialty is construction based development where a risk assessment of the potential impact on cultural heritage is required to inform the project. 

We ensure legislative compliance in all undertakings and have a multidisciplinary team who are trained in archaeology, aerial and pedestrian survey, diving (for aquatic heritage assessments) and employ anthropological techniques.

We work closely with government, council & mining departments

Our team has worked closely with government, council and mining departments to ensure compliance is met under relevant legislation and we have a detailed understanding of the expectation and requirement for accuracy, time-sensitive work, and a delicate approach to cultural heritage. 

We centre our approach around open and direct communication with all stakeholders, ensuring all parties are aligned and supportive of each phase of project works from business case to construction.

We liaise with relevant Project Stakeholders

Our team understands the intricacies of liaison within the cultural heritage industry and has developed relationships with many Aboriginal Parties, government departments and contractors across Queensland and northern New South Wales. 

Advance Archaeology offers, in addition to standard services, innovation to enhance field surveys,  monitor construction progress, and can provide technology to promote development through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and offer aerial photography, videography, spatial mapping, and 3D interactive imagery.

Sher Mitchell

Sher Mitchell is Advance Archaeology’s Company Director and Archaeologist and has undertaken 90+ cultural heritage projects and has more than 10 years of industry experience; comprising cultural heritage risk assessment, archaeology, museums’ collections research, project management, legislation compliance, and stakeholder liaison. 

Trained in landscape archaeology, Sher incorporates cultural and environmental knowledge to ensure clients are fully informed of the the potential impact of development, where required. Sher has established relationships with many of Queensland’s Traditional Custodians, construction, mining, utility and infrastructure companies.

Sher has established relationships with many of Queensland’s Traditional Custodians, including Aboriginal Parties within the Toowoomba Regional Council District. 

Sher has worked closely with various regional Council, Santos, TMR (North Coast and Southern Downs Districts), Queensland Rail, Queensland Urban Utilities, Department of Resources, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Holcim, QGC Pty Ltd, Best Life Adventures, Ripple Beach Media, and Metallica Minerals.

Sher has project managed the cultural heritage component of several multi-million-dollar projects for TMR and has successfully delivered all tasked deliverables on time whilst building relationships between stakeholders.

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology 
  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management
  • Certificate III in Workplace Training and Operations
  • St. John’s Ambulance – Remote First Aid Certification
  • Exemption 38 commercial boat licence
  • Standpipe licenced
  • White card holder

 

Sher was also recently was interviewed by the IPWEAQ and you can read this member profile here.

Chris Haycock

Chris Haycock is Advance Archaeology’s Managing Director, Drone Pilot, and Specialty Diver with over 16 years’ experience in project/relationship management and finance. Chris’ extensive experience brings innovation and the latest technical advancements for landscape survey, utilising specialised mapping to provide detailed data in reporting. He is also one of only two people within the Commonwealth Bank who specialise in Indigenous business finance and liaison.

Chris Haycock is Advance Archaeology’s Managing Director, Drone Pilot and Specialty Diver with over 16 years’ experience in project/relationship management and finance. Chris’ extensive experience brings innovation and the latest technical advancements for landscape survey, utilising specialised mapping to provide detailed data in reporting. He is also one of only two people within the Commonwealth Bank who specialise in Indigenous business finance and liaison. 
Chris is a fully CASA licenced drone pilot, registered to operate commercially, and is currently undertaking an Advance Diploma in Arts, majoring in Indigenous Studies. 
Chris manages the financial and contractual obligations of works undertaken by Advance Archaeology Pty Ltd and takes great pride in the implementation and maintenance of health and safety protocols. 
 
His work in the enhancement of drone use within cultural heritage is pioneering how we access, interact with, record, and report Aboriginal and Historical cultural heritage. 

 

Qualifications

  • SSI Open Water Diving Certificate
  • CASA RePL (Remote Pilot Licence)
  • CASA AROC (Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate)
  • White Card holder
  • St. John’s Ambulance – Remote First Aid Certification
  • Advanced Diploma in Arts – Indigenous Studies (current)