Michael is the director and principal
archaeologist of Turnstone Archaeology with an M.A.
(Archaeology & Heritage) from the University of Leicester,
UK. Michael is a full member of the Australian Association
of Consulting Archaeologists and a Member of the Australian
He has successfully
managed hundreds of heritage projects, large and small,
since 1994 and has established a leading reputation in
Queensland as a landscape archaeologist and cultural
heritage manager. His current research interest is
developing an environmental predictive model that has major
advantages for Aboriginal communities and environmental
planners. He has authored two books on the Abbey
Museum of Art and Archaeology, one of Australia’s leading
small museums, where he was director 1980 to 2012, and has
appeared in numerous films, TV interviews, radio broadcasts
and newspaper articles.
In 1993 Michael was nominated
for Queenslander of the Year award for services for the
preservation of Aboriginal sites. Among numerous
projects, Michael worked on the famous Vindolanda site on
Hadrian’s Wall, and also on a Black Death excavation in
London and has travelled in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia,
the Balkans, Turkey and Egypt looking at museum practices,
medieval festivals and archaeological sites.
Nino is a graduate of Bachelor of Social Science Majoring in
History/Archaeology with Honours in Archaeology from James Cook
University, Townsville. Early travels across China and Europe
cemented his interest in archaeology and the study of the ancient
world. He has participated in archaeological excavations in
both Southeast Asia and Australia, in particular the Peoples
Democratic Republic of Laos and Hervey Range area of Townsville.
He has also been worked as a Cultural Heritage Officer with
Traditional Owners in Western Queensland. Antonino has a
particular interest in ancient mining and quarrying and its
potential applications in understanding societal structures of
ancient groups. Nino acted as assistant archaeologist for
Michael Strong for the huge Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project.
Jaya is a graduate from the University of
Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology
and a minor in political science. She is currently
enrolled in her Masters of Archaeology and Heritage
management at Flinders University in Adelaide. Growing
up in a family involved in reconciliation and cultural
heritage in Queensland influenced her university studies in
indigenous Australian pre-history and archaeology.
Jaya has travelled extensively across the globe,
participating in archaeological excavations in Malawi and
Turkey. She has also worked with Turnstone Archaeology
as a student archaeologist on the Toowoomba Second Range
Crossing project. Jaya’s main interests are the study
of Australian prehistory, lithics and the Far East.
Turnstone’s office manager, who looks after our organisational and
financial aspects. Anne has over 25 years’ experience in office
administration and management, including over 14 years working
within the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. She has several
administration and financial qualifications and has advanced skills
in all aspects of office management. For many years, Anne has also
held the voluntary position of secretary or treasurer in a number of
not-for-profit organisations, as well as being Gates Coordinator at
the Abbey Medieval Festival. Anne has recently completed a B.A.S.S.