Isabel is an archaeologist and heritage consultant based in Mildura, Victoria.
As part of Niche’s growing team of 40+ consultants, Isabel has been involved in a wide variety of historical and Aboriginal heritage management projects across New South Wales and Victoria.
Tell us a bit about your job
“As heritage consultants we are hired by businesses that are proposing a development. That might be a developer subdividing a block of land, a civil engineer constructing a new road, or a council upgrading a sporting facility. My job is to investigate whether any historical or Aboriginal cultural heritage will be impacted by the development, and if needed come up with management strategies.
“Many people will be surprised that digging holes is a very small part of archaeology. Most of our time goes into researching and designing our assessments to the project at hand. This is important as we always try to avoid impact to archaeology where possible. Sometimes, however, the only way to know what is in the ground is to dig it and find out.”
Why did you choose archaeology?
“I have always enjoyed history. I loved hearing stories from my grandparents and learning about past cultures. But I equally loved being outdoors and for some reason imagined that historians spent all their time in dim, dusty libraries. When I heard about archaeology as a career I knew it was for me.”
What is great about your job?
“I love the variety of my work. You can never be sure what you will find when doing a survey or an excavation. Each day brings something new. I also get to travel all over and visit places I never would have if not for this job.”
What do you like to do for fun?
“I love camping and hiking. I’ve just signed myself up to have a go at women’s footy this year with my local team at Bambill. Wish me luck!”
Pictured: Isabel at work
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