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Abel Archaeology

Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers

Contact details: Dr Graham Knuckey
Mobile: 0488 097 916
Registered Training Organisation: No
Training provided in: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Torres Strait

Training provided

Non-accredited training delivered
  • Principles of cultural heritage management (Burra Charter basics)
  • Setting up consultations about heritage with appropriate stakeholders
  • Assessing significance
  • Identifying management issues
  • Developing conservation and management strategies
  • Identifying and recording evidence of threats and deterioration
  • Site recording and documentation
  • Identifying and describing cultural materials
  • Recording oral history
  • Monitoring cultural places
  • Mapping skills and techniques
  • Rock art conservation
  • Caring for cultural heritage objects and remains


  • Curation and storage of archaeological material, care and attention to the identification, exhumation and re-burial of skeletal material


Dr Knuckey is non-Indigenous and experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


Dr Knuckey's relevant qualifications and experience:

Training experience

A key component of Dr Knuckey's consultancy work involved project management. This work primarily consisted of:

Adoption of a considered and concerted approach to relationship building was always paramount in these roles. Dr Knuckey has worked alongside a broad range of interest groups ranging from Aboriginal community groups and landowners, to government agencies, developers and infrastructure construction companies. Another facet of Dr Knuckey's work has involved acting as the intermediary between interest groups, including Aboriginal groups, assisting to formalise work programs and agreements.

Dr Knuckey's role included a strong focus on teaching Indigenous and non-Indigenous field officers about archaeology, training a range of ages in field techniques, and mentoring those with a desire to learn more about archaeology. Every field trip included at least one newcomer sent out to learn about their culture and country from both their Elders, as well as gaining an understanding of the scientific side (the archaeology) from the accompanying archaeological adviser.

Recent experience

Abel Archaeology has not delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at April 2013).

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