Judy Powell

Judy Powell
Judy Powell is a freelance historian and consultant archaeologist with twenty years experience in historical and archaeological research in Australia and overseas. She has extensive experience in historical site recording and field surveying, archival and oral history research, and community consultation. She is a past President of the Professional Historians Association of Queensland and recent Queensland delegate for the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists. She is currently working on a biography of Professor J.R.B. Stewart, the first person to teach archaeology in Australia. This research has received funding from the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Swedish Royal Academy of Letters History and Antiquities and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute.
Skills and Services Offered:
Historical research including commissioned histories and site specific heritage research and significance assessments
Archaeological field and survey work – Indigenous and historic
Maritime and environmental history and archaeology
Oral history and interviewing skills
Cultural heritage training and education
Cultural heritage policy and management
Museum policy and collection management
Educational and public outreach
B.A. (Hons), Dip. Ed., PhD
Member of:
Professional Historians Association (Qld)
Australian Archaeological Association
Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists
Publications and Experience:
  • Adjunct lecturer – School of Social Sciences
  • 15 years experience in cultural heritage management in the public sector including:
    • Mill Point Archaeological Project (2003-2008), Cooloola National Park – Project Coordinator, team leader of archaeological survey, recording, mapping, school and community visits.
    • Carnarvon National Park Rock Art Monitoring Project (2005) – field school for Qld Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers on rock art recording and monitoring. Re-photographing of rock art sites at Mt Moffat and comprehensive site assessment.
    • St Helena artefact project (1997-1999) – Project Coordinator, recording, photographing and cataloguing historical artefacts, supervision of archaeology students from The University of Queensland.
    • Cultural heritage survey work in South East Queensland and the Southern Brigalow Belt (1997-2000) recording over 1500 historic sites and conducting historical research allowing for assessment against criteria for entry into the Queensland Heritage Register.
    • Cultural heritage training for QPWS rangers at White Mountains National Park, Bulleringa National Park, Taunton National Park, Peel Island and Carnarvon National Park.
    • Historic and Indigenous cultural heritage surveys of Moreton District and South West Queensland as part of the development of district cultural heritage strategies for QPWS. This involved field work, staff and community consultation, and consultation with Indigenous groups.
  • Experience in museum management and collection management at The Queensland Museum including:
    • Management of the Repatriation program funded by the Commonwealth
    • Oversight of the maritime program under the Historic Shipwrecks Act
    • Chair of Qld Museum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee
  • Archaeological field experience in Australia (Indigenous and historic), Greece, Jordan, Cyprus, United Kingdom
  • Youra excavations, Greece (1995-2003) – faunal study of the fishbone assemblage from the excavations



(in press)  The fish bone assemblage from the Cave of Cyclope, Youra, part 1 in A. Sampson (ed.), The Cave of Cyclope on the Island of Youra, Greece. Mesolithic and Neolithic Networks in the Northern Aegean Basin. Department of Mediterranean Studies, Rhodes.

2005  Ulm, S., J. Prangnell, J. Powell, C. Westcott, T. McDonald, K. Murphy and S. Nichols “Mill Point Archaeological Project Field Season Report 2005”, Australian Forest History Society Inc. Newsletter 40:4-6

2003  “The fishbone assemblage from the Cave of Cyclope, Youra: evidence for continuity and change”, in The Greek Mesolithic. Problems and Perspectives, eds Nena Galanidou and Catherine Perlés, The British School at Athens Studies 10, London.

2003  “Fishing in the Mesolithic: the cave of Cyclope, Youra”, Zooarchaeology of Greece: recent advances, eds Eleni Kotjabopoulou, Yannis Hammilakis, Paul Halstead, Clive Gamble and Paraskevi Elefant, The British School at Athens Studies 9, Nottingham.

2000  “Expanding horizons: environmental and cultural values within natural boundaries”, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 49-65.

1999  “Stakeholders, lobbyists and politicians at Brooloo”, Australia’s ever-changing forests, Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference on Australian Forest History, ed. John Dargavel & Brenda Libbis, Centre for             Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University, pp. 260-272.

1999  “Expanding Horizons: environmental and cultural values within Natural Boundaries”, Archaeology and the National Park Idea, George Wright Forum, Volume 16, No 4, 37-49.

1995  “The preparation of a comparative fish bone collection at the Fitch Laboratory, British School at Athens”, Association for Environmental Archaeology Newsletter 49: 8,9.

1995  “Report of the Fish Remains Working Group Meeting, Madrid, October, 1995”, Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology Newsletter, 14.4:4.

1995  “Fishy business – studies of fishing in the prehistoric Aegean”, The Artefact 18: 76-79.

1994  “Archaeological evidence for fishing in the Prehistoric Aegean”, paper delivered at the 13th Annual Conference of the Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology, Bulletin of the Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology, 18.2:11-18

1992  “Fishing in the prehistoric Aegean world”, Ancient History, XXII.1,5-24.

1992  “Archaeological and Pictorial evidence for fishing in the Bronze Age: issues of identification and interpretation”, Eikon: Aegean Bronze Age Iconography Aegaeum 8, Liège, 307-316.

Book Reviews

2009  Review of “the little red yellow black book. An introduction to Indigenous Australia”, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 38, p. 139-140.

2006  Review of “Ancient Fishing and Fish Processing in the Black Sea Regions edited by Tonnes Bekkery-Nielsen, American Journal of Archaeology Vol, Vol 110 No 3, pp 526-527.


1996  Powell, J., Fishing in the Prehistoric Aegean, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Goteburg.

1996  Eshuys, Guest, Dodd, Phelan & Powell, Studies of Society and Environment 1, Universal, Noosaville.

1996  Eshuys, Guest, Dodd & Powell, Studies of Society and Environment 2, Universal, Noosaville.

Government Reports and Manuals 

2007  Defining boundaries: an illustrated guide. Brisbane. Queensland Heritage Council. (with D. Cummins and C. Westcott)

2004  Moreton Bay (QPWS) Cultural Heritage Strategy (with N. Franklin and C. Westcott)

2002  Cultural Heritage Strategy and Cultural Heritage Integrity Statements, Master Plan for Parks

2002  QPWS Cultural Heritage Manual

2001  Cultural Heritage Management, a report to QPWS

1998  People and Trees, a thematic history of south east Queensland with particular reference to forested areas, 1823-1997, Queensland Department of Environment and Environment Australia.

1998  Travel Routes, Forest Towns and Settlements, Queensland Department of Environment and Environment Australia.

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