MAH is an Aboriginal owned Riverina-based Consulting Firm providing professional guidance and solutions in Aboriginal heritage management.
MAH offers a novel approach to heritage management, marrying cultural knowledge and protocols with leading-edge archaeological applications.
Our cultural foundation guides our ethical values. We believe this makes us best positioned for engaging and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
Australia's heritage is a non-renewable asset that once disturbed or destroyed cannot be replaced. We therefore strive to develop solutions that achieve the best outcome for the ongoing management of significant sites, cultural materials and broader heritage.
Including Aboriginal people in heritage matters is important business for MAH. We believe in the potential for archaeology to deliver economic and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Rob Williams, MASci (Advanced)
Rob is the founder and Archaeologist at Murrumbidgee Archaeology and Heritage. Rob descends from Walgalu (Kambri), Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri nations.
Rob has developed a diverse range of skills from decades of archaeological work in both contract- and research-based projects throughout NSW, Vanuatu and the Torres Strait Islands.
Rob has worked on a number cultural heritage projects as an Aboriginal representative for both the Ngunnawal Elders Corporation and the Ngambri Local Land Council. Since gaining his archaeology degrees he has worked as a professional consultant on several Aboriginal and European archaeology projects in Sydney and regional NSW. Additionally, he has several years experience working on ARC funded projects mainly in south Vanuatu and has completed archaeobotanical research on Mabuyag in the Torres Strait Islands.
Rob's education includes a Bachelor of Archaeological Practice and Master of Archaeological Science, Honours (First Class) degrees from the Australian National University (ANU).
A recent highlight of Rob's career is a publication in the leading academic journal Nature Ecology and Evolution:
Multidisciplinary evidence for early banana (Musa cvs.) cultivation on Mabuyag Island, Torres Strait, Nature Ecology & Evolution volume 4, pages1342–1350(2020)
Dave Johnston, MA. Archaeology
Dave is one of the first Indigenous Australians to gain a degree in archaeology –graduating with honours from ANU in 1989. He later completed a master's in London after which point he worked across eastern Australia from Cape York to Point Nepean, south of Melbourne.
A passionate advocate for conserving Australia’s Aboriginal heritage, Dave was actively involved in the development and adoption of a Code of Ethics for the World Archaeological Congress. He also drove the adoption of a Code of Ethics by the Australian Archaeological Association in 1990-91 and was the founding Chair for the Indigenous Archaeologists Association.
As a professional archaeologist, Dave has completed over 2000 Indigenous archaeological projects around the country and assisted with the Commonwealth Governments' guidelines for Indigenous heritage: “Ask First: A guide to respecting Indigenous Heritage Places and Values”.
Dave Johnston was appointed to the Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Australian Government in 2006-2014. Dave Johnston is currently a Director of the Boonwurrung Foundation where he consults as an advisor and archaeologist on behalf of the Boonwurrung Traditional Owners of Melbourne. He also works as the community appointed archaeologist for many Indigenous communities around Australia.
Dave was the 2014 recipient of the Australian Governments’ National Heritage Award. The Sharon Sullivan National Heritage “for his outstanding contribution to the Australian Indigenous heritage environment and his continued influence on practice”.