Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

Member Profiles: Michele Bird

BIRD, Michele

BIRD, Michele

North Queensland Cultural Heritage P/L
P: 07 4728 3081
M: 0417 767 099
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* BA (Hons), James Cook University

Professional Associations and Positions

Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Member, Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
Full Member, Australia ICOMOS
Member, World Archaeological Congress
Member, Australasian Society of Historical Archaeology


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation

Special Fields

  • Cultural heritage management
  • Liaison with Traditional Owners
  • Tropical archaeology
  • Ethnobotany in northern Australia
  • Coastal Archaeology
  • Shell midden analysis
  • Archival research and collation of oral history
  • Photography

Consulting Experience

Some 24 years experience working as a cultural heritage consultant in Queensland. More than 15 years based at Northern Archaeology Consultancies Pty Ltd, Townsville. Now Director and Principal Archaeologist of North QLD Cultural Heritage Pty Ltd, Townsville.

Extensive experience in EIS-related cultural heritage assessments, specialising in indigenous archaeology and cultural heritage management in Northern Queensland.

Over 500 cultural heritage assessment reports and/or contracts for Government and corporate clients, private developers, Aboriginal communities/corporations, mining companies, etc.

Extensive experience in undertaking archaeological surveys, site recording and significance assessments (including coastal, tropical, temperate and semi-arid environments).

Experience in compilation of Cultural Heritage Management Plans.

Extensive experience in undertaking consultation with Aboriginal Traditional Owner groups, corporations and land councils.

Research interests in tropical coastal archaeology. Special interest in Late Holocene Aboriginal adaptations to the coast and offshore islands in North Queensland, and the impacts of tropical cyclones on the archaeological record in northern Australia.

Selected Publications

BIRD, M. 1987 'Life's A Beach': A Preliminary Investigation of the Coastal Archaeology of Wunjunga (Upstart Bay), North Queensland. Unpublished BA (Hons) thesis, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville.

BIRD, M. 1992 The impact of tropical cyclones on the archaeological record: An Australian example. Archaeology in Oceania 27:75-86.

BIRD, M. 1995 Coastal morphodynamics and the archaeological record: Further evidence from Upstart Bay, North Queensland. Australian Archaeology 40:57-58.

BIRD, M. in prep. Coastal Archaeology and Late Holocene Aboriginal Adaptations to the Tropical Maritime Environment, Hinchinbrook Island, North Queensland. Unpublished PhD thesis, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville. (currently deferred).

A full curriculum vitae is available on request