Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

Member Profiles: Michael Strong

STRONG, Michael

STRONG, Michael

Turnstone Archaeology
P: 07 5497 5901
F: 07 5499 0081
M: 0427 881 666
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Queensland, only working with the agreement of the Aboriginal Traditional owners for that region
* MA, University of Leicester, UK

Professional Associations and Positions

Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Member, Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
Director, Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology (1980-2008)
Assistant Coordinator, Abbey Medieval Festival
Member, Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association
Member, Birds Australia


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation

Special Fields

  • INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN ARCHAEOLOGY: Landscape archaeology, Predictive modelling, Ethnobotany, Development of keeping and special places, Development of best practice workshops
  • HISTORICAL HERITAGE: Development of environmental heritage trails, Heritage surveys, Site recording
  • SPECIAL FIELDS: Landscape archaeology, Predictive modelling,
  • Ethnobotany, Development of keeping and special places, Development of best practice workshops, Ethnoarchaeology, Museology

Consulting Experience

Michael Strong is a professional archaeologist for 14 years and museum director for 28 years, with an MA in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester. He was formerly a director of a Queensland archaeological company, but set up his own company, Turnstone Archaeology, in 2006 to work more closely with Aboriginal communities. His current research interest is developing an environmental predictive model that has major advantages for Aboriginal communities and environmental planners. Turnstone Archaeology has a strong commitment to ethical involvement and best practice in archaeological research and fieldwork, especially in accepting that Aboriginal people have the right to choose their archaeologist. Michael has worked primarily in southeast Qld and eastern Australia and has recently been invited to work in central and northern Queensland. His major cultural heritage projects include dams, tunnels, highways, mines and power stations. Michael also has a major interest in museums and museum collections, particularly in the keeping of Aboriginal cultural heritage collections made during heritage surveys. He has authored two books on the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, one of Australia’s leading small museums, where he has been director since 1980, as well as appearing in numerous films, TV interviews, radio broadcasts and newspaper articles. Among numerous projects, Michael worked on the famous Vindolanda site on the Roman Wall, and also on a Black Death excavation in London and has travelled in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and Turkey and Egypt looking at museum practices, medieval festivals and archaeological sites.