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Ethics of Sponsorship Funding in Australian Archaeology Forum


Tiina Manne, the Australian Archaeological Association Inc
Dave Johnston, Founding Chair, Australian Indigenous Archaeologists’ Association


Professor Peter Veth,University of Western Australia

Peter Veth is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Western Australia, having completed his PhD with the Martu People of the Western Desert. He has previously held positions at James Cook University, the Australian National University and AIATSIS, and has just finished a term as Director of the Oceans Institute. His main research areas include the archaeology of desert people, the emergence of maritime societies, the archaeology of symbolic behaviour, and the use of archaeology in native title. He has led multi-disciplinary teams with colleagues, working collaboratively with First Nations People, in Western Australia, South Australia, the Torres Strait and Eastern Indonesia. He has served as the National President of AACAI and been an advocate for heritage reforms in Australia. In previous media liaison roles for the AAA, AACAI, Archaeology Section of the Academy of Humanities and University sector, he has made the case for accreditation and reforms of both State and Federal heritage statutes.


Dave Johnston, Founding Chair, Australian Indigenous Archaeologists’ Association

Dave Johnston completed his Honours Degree in archaeology and anthropology at the ANU in 1989. He has worked as the community appointed archaeologist for numerous language groups around Australia ever since.

Dave was a leading participant in the drafting of the WAC (1990) and AAA (1991) Code of Ethics and the AIATSIS’s Guidelines (GERAIS) for Ethical Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

He has been speaking out actively for the last 15 years regarding the deliberate demise of any effective Indigenous heritage legislation in Australia and the rise the greedy and corrupt when it comes to development, including fellow consultant archaeologists complicit in the destruction of his peoples heritage.

In 2014, Dave was awarded by the Commonwealth Government, the ‘Sharon Sullivan National Heritage Award’, for his contribution to the Indigenous heritage Environment and his continuing influence on practice.

He is the Founding Chair of the Australian Indigenous Archaeologists Association and in 2021 will commence his PhD at the ANU, 27 years after he completed his MA at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Dr Kellie Pollard, AIAA co-chair, Charles Darwin University

Kellie Pollard is a Wiradjuri archaeologist based at Charles Darwin University. Kellie graduated with a PhD in archaeology from Flinders University, her thesis examined the archaeology of Aboriginal fringe camps in the Darwin region and traced material, social, economic and behavioural changes in Aboriginal agency to the European invasion and contact continuously over 130 years. At Charles Darwin University Kellie teaches Indigenous knowledges (epistemology), ontology and philosophies, Indigenous approaches to doing research, and Australian history. Kellie has a current and former ARC and is a partner on an NHMRC with Menzies at Charles Darwin University.

Dr Luke Godwin

Luke Godwin, Central Queensland Cultural Heritage Management, has 40 years’ experience in cultural heritage management (CHM). Luke has worked both as a private consultant, academic and in government. He has a detailed working knowledge of government processes and legislative requirements, as well as best practice in CHM.

Godwin’s skills and abilities in project design, negotiation, research, analysis and management are widely recognised. He envisioned 1 and 2 of the Bowen Basin Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Project and co-wrote the monograph stemming from that research.

Godwin is Professor (Adjunct) in the School of Archaeology, Anthropology and Sociology – James Cook University, and holds other academic positions. He has presented masterclasses on CHM, lectured and presented seminars on aspects of Australian archaeology at various universities and regularly publishes in peer-reviewed journals on technical and policy issues in CHM, archaeology and Aboriginal history.

Dr Heather Builth, PKKP Cultural Heritage Director

Dr Heather Builth is the Culture and Heritage Manager for Puutu Kunti Kurrama & Pinikura Aboriginal Corporation (PKKPAC) from the Pilbara, Western Australia. PKKPAC with Heather established this unit in 2019 to take control of all their heritage body responsibilities including obligations under existing agreements with mining companies.

Prior to this Heather has worked with Aboriginal communities in cultural heritage management including her own consulting company practicing in WA, SA and Victoria. Her PhD research in landscape archaeology and anthropology in combination with her consequent employment by the Gunditjmara of SW Victoria from 2002, led directly to Heritage Listing and then World Heritage recognition of the culturally constructed eel aquaculture systems and landscape modification of the Budj Bim lava flow. Her understanding of Aboriginal landscape management across the millennia as being directly related and integral to a viable socio-economy continues. It is as relevant today for PKKP as it was for Gunditjmara while proponents and governments together support the current destructive nature of iron-ore mining over the continuation of Aboriginal cultural connections.

Dr Patricia Ayala, Visiting Professor, Universidad Católica del Norte – Universidad de Tarapacá

Dr Patricia Ayala has focused her research in Chile on the power relations between Indigenous people, archaeologists and the state, patrimonialization processes, collaborative and decolonial methodologies and disciplinary ethics. In Chile, Dr Ayala was the coordinator of public relations between the Atacameño People and the Archaeological Research Institute and Museum of the Universidad Católica del Norte, where she also worked as an academic. She has taught at the College of the Atlantic in United States, the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Católica del Norte in Chile as well as at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. She has worked as a research consultant for the Abbe Museum (USA) and the Australian National University (Australia). Patricia has made important contributions in the theoretical field and disciplinary reflections of archaeology and anthropology, which have been published in various journals and books. At the moment her research is focused on different issues of cultural heritage, specially those related to repatriation and reburial of Indigenous human remains. Currently, she is working as a free-lance research consultant and has an honorary position at the Museum of Ethnography in La Paz, Bolivia.

Robyn Glindemann, Lantegy Legal

Robyn Glindemann is a Director of Lantegy Legal, a boutique environment and land access law firm based in Perth. Robyn has over 20 years’ experience advising resources and energy companies, banks and government agencies in environmental, native title and heritage matters.

Robyn has been named as a leading individual in Climate Change, Planning and Environment, Natural Resources Law and Native Title Law in the Best Lawyers in Australia guide and a leading Perth Planning and Environment Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide. She was named Best Lawyer’s Perth Water Lawyer of the Year for 2020.

Robyn was previously a member of the Independent Panel reviewing the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) and the current Chair of the Australian Environment & Planning Law Group at the Law Council of Australia. She is a regular guest lecturer on environment and climate change issues at the Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law at the University of Western Australia. Robyn is also the Chair of the Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, one of Australia’s leading centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art.

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