PARKES, Rebecca (Bec)
Australia International Council on Monuments and Site – Full Member
Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. – Full Member
Australian Archaeological Association – Member
World Archaeological Congress – Member
Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology – Member;
Bec is the Director and Principal Archaeologist at Lantern Heritage Pty Ltd. She has over 20 years’ experience working in cultural heritage management and archaeological consultancy, and extensive experience working in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Bec has also worked on research projects in South Australia, the Northern Territory, South America and Europe.
Bec’s professional experience encompasses all aspects of Aboriginal and historical archaeology. Over the years she has prepared hundreds of heritage assessment reports ranging from desktop studies and due diligence assessments through to salvage excavation reports for major projects. She also provides specialist skills in conservation management plans, public interpretation of sites, and analysis of historical artefact assemblages.
Bec has worked on a wide range of projects over the years, including rural and residential subdivisions, industrial developments, mines, transport infrastructure, local council developments, electricity and water easements, and renewable energy infrastructure. In particular, she has considerable experience on linear infrastructure projects, including numerous projects in excess of 100kms in length. Bec has been the project manager and/or lead archaeologist on numerous projects where she has headed up large, often multidisciplinary teams. She also specialises in developing field methodologies for major projects and has directed monitoring, test and salvage excavations on both Aboriginal and historical sites. Throughout her career, Bec has worked closely with numerous Aboriginal communities and has always put a strong focus on facilitating the communication of Aboriginal perspectives on heritage management, and endeavouring to ensure that those views are given the respect they deserve. She has also increasingly worked with other community groups (e.g. local historical organisations and schools) and is passionate about incorporating community engagement and community outcomes into her work.
While Bec is employed full-time as an archaeological heritage consultant, she has also maintained strong ties with academia. Over the years she has worked as a university tutor, graduate demonstrator and lecturer, teaching theoretical and practical aspects of archaeology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Bec has ongoing research collaborations with the Australian National University and Macquarie University, and she continues to provide assistance in training and mentoring students.
Parkes, R., S. A. Ross, A. Sobotkova, T. Evans, P. Crook, S. Lupack, G. Karskens, F. Leslie, and J. Merson 2018 ‘Ruined Castle Shale Mining Settlement, Katoomba NSW: Report on a Pilot Survey’. Australasian Historical Archaeology, Vol. 36, 2018: 86-92.
Parkes, R. 2009 ‘Traces of the Cameleers: landscape archaeology and landscape perception’. Australasian Historical Archaeology, Vol. 27, 2009: 87-97.
Parkes, R. 2002 ‘Camel camps and mining towns: archaeology and the role of Afghan cameleers in Australian mining’, Proceedings of the Australian Mining History Association Conferences 1997-2000: 16-22.
‘Archaeology of Beer and the Fluidity of Meaning’. Paper presented with Nigel Bruer, Iain Johnston and Elle Lillis at the Australian Archaeological Association Conference in Melbourne, 6th – 8th December 2017.
‘Consistency of approach in archaeological consulting: the assessment of the Aboriginal cultural landscape between Woolgoolga and Ballina’. Paper presented with Georgia Wright, Joshua Madden and Erin Williams at the Australian Archaeological Association Conference in Freemantle, 2nd – 4th December 2015.
‘Mechanically Digging by Hand vs Bespoke Mechanical Pits.’ Paper presented to the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. – NSW Chapter, 27th March 2015.
‘A Nineteenth Century Hut in A Twenty-first Century Neighbourhood’, paper presented at the Australian Archaeological Association Conference in Coffs Harbour, 1st – 4th December 2013.
‘The Auger Bites Back: A review of the auger and other mechanical excavation techniques’, paper presented at the Australian Archaeological Association Conference in Wollongong, 9th – 13th December 2012.
‘Afghans in the Australian Landscape’, paper presented at the British Australian Studies Association conference at the University of Wales, Lampeter, 3rd-6th September 1998.