Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

Member Profiles: Petra Schell



Ochre Imprints
P: 03 9417 6094
F: 03 9417 6095
M: 0434 008 301
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Anytime; southeast Australia
BA Hons Archaeology (LaTrobe)

Professional Associations and Positions

Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Member, Australian Archaeological Association Inc.


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation

Special Fields

  • Documentation and mapping of oral information
  • Coastal archaeology
  • Western District (Victoria) archaeology
  • Archaeological component of EIS studies

Consulting Experience

Petra has recently established and manages, ochre imprints - a heritage consulting business specialising in providing Aboriginal and historical archaeological advice to private and public sector clients. She brings with her over 10 years of experience in the heritage consulting industry, most recently as the Senior Project Manager – Aboriginal Heritage at Andrew Long & Associates. Over this time, Petra has managed and carried out cultural heritage assessments and management plans for government agencies (e.g. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, Parks Victoria, Department of Primary Industries, Water & Environment - Tasmania, Forestry Victoria) and private sector clients (e.g. Loy Yang Power Management; Maunsell Australia P/L, Enesar Consulting, Iluka Resources Limited).

This experience has provided Petra with extensive skills in the areas of project management, coordination of staff and sub-consultants, liaising with clients, consultation with Aboriginal communities, developing survey strategies based on client requirements and local conditions, undertaking background research, desktop assessments, predictive modelling, surveys, site recording, management of survey teams and fulfilling reporting requirements to a high standard.

While she has predominantly worked in Victoria, Petra has also undertaken numerous cultural heritage assessments in Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

Selected Publications

SCHELL, P. 2006 Prominent Hill Project: Addendum Report. Archaeological Assessment, Powerline Corridor. Unpublished report to Enesar Consulting.

SCHELL, P. 2006 Loy Yang Power Property: Cultural Heritage Assessment (Stage 4). Unpublished report to Loy Yang Power Management P/L.

SCHELL, P. and V. Edmonds 2006 Northern Murray Basin Project: Ouyen Mineral Sands Deposits (Victoria). Cultural Heritage Assessment. Unpublished report to Iluka Resources Limited.

SCHELL, P. and J. Howell-Meurs 2005 Victorian Generator Project: Cultural Heritage Assessment. Unpublished draft report to Framlingham Aboriginal Trust and Origin Energy.

SCHELL, P. 2005 Timber Harvesting Coupes: A Desktop Assessment of Registered Aboriginal Sites. Unpublished Report to the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

SCHELL, P. 2004 French Island National Park: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment. Unpublished report to Parks Victoria.

Goulding, M. and P. SCHELL 2002. Lower Shoalhaven River Valley Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Mapping Study – Stage 1 (2 Vols). Unpublished report to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

SCHELL, P. 2002. Musselroe Wind Farm: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. Unpublished report to Hydro Tasmania.

SCHELL, P. and A. Long 2002 Shack Sites Project: Archaeological Impact Assessment. Nine unpublished reports for Crown Land Shack Settlements throughout Tasmania prepared for DPIWE, Tasmania.

SCHELL, P. 2000 A Heritage Impact Assessment of Telstra Fibre Optical Cable Routes in Southern New South Wales and the ACT; Khancoban District (FS 10). Unpublished report to Fisher Stewart Pty Ltd.

A full curriculum vitae is available on request