Date: Thursday 20 July 2017
Venue: Conference Room 4, Level 9, Western Sydney University Parramatta CBD Campus, 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta
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The Archaeology of Parramatta Square
Jillian Comber, Consultant Archaeologist will present information about the ongoing Aboriginal archaeological investigations at Parramatta Square. She has been engaged by Parramatta City Council over the last five years to prepare archaeological assessments and management recommendations including interpretation strategies and advice in respect of artefact management. She prepared the applications for the Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permits for Parramatta Square and over the last three years has been undertaking excavation at Parramatta Square. Her presentation will detail the results to date with tentative interpretation of those results. The archaeology provides information about Aboriginal occupation at the site prior to and after the invasion, including during the period of Governor Macquarie's "Native Conference".
Jillian Comber, the Director of Comber Consultants, has over 25 years experience in Australian Indigenous and Historical archaeology and cultural heritage management. She was a Government Archaeologist for over 10 years developing policies and procedures for the protection of significant cultural heritage within NSW and Queensland. For five years she worked in the Central West and Western New South Wales developing cultural heritage and training programs in association with the relevant Aboriginal community. She is currently working with the Bogan Wiradjuri in Peak Hill to develop an Aboriginal Heritage Study and a Cert IV course in Cultural Heritage Management. She has excavated various sites throughout Australia with a focus on New South Wales. Jillian is currently excavating at Parramatta Square and the Parramatta North Urban Transformation sites.