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Mary Dallas Mary Dallas is MDCA founding and Principal Heritage Consultant, and specialises in Aboriginal archaeology and cultural resource management and planning. She has over 40 years of experience in the full range of cultural heritage assessment procedures including Review of Environmental Factors [REF], for Local and Regional Environmental Plans [LEP, REP] and Local Environmental Studies [LES] and Aboriginal Heritage Impact Assessments and Conservation Management Plans [CMP], as well as considerable experience in legal matters concerning heritage protection and development assessments. Mary has a broad range of experience in the archaeology of NSW as well as specialist knowledge and management expertise in the fields of Aboriginal Art and material culture. She has developed planning and site management strategies and guidelines for local government authorities throughout NSW. Mary also specialises in cultural heritage interpretation and site conservation planning working collaboratively with Aboriginal communities throughout NSW. Mary is a member of the Australian Rock Art Association, Australian Society of Historical Archaeology and is a founding member and past President of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Tamika Goward

Tamika Goward has been an MDCA archaeologist since 2011, working on projects in the Sydney, South Coast, Central Coast and Hunter regions. She has a range of experience in archaeological fieldwork, heritage management, archival research and reporting for a diverse range of projects including Due Diligence and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage assessments, archaeological excavations, Aboriginal site management plans and legal matters. In addition to field survey, excavation, monitoring and Aboriginal community liaison, she also undertakes shell and stone artefact analysis for consultancy and research projects. Tamika is particularly interested in Aboriginal pre- and post-contact archaeology, completing her Honours Degree at Sydney University researching post-contact Aboriginal glass artefacts, co-authoring an article with Paul Irish about Sydney’s historical Aboriginal archaeology in the academic journal Archaeology in Oceania, and contributing to the City of Sydney's Barani website.


Lucinda O’Connor is an experienced field archaeologist, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree focused on Cultural Heritage and Archaeology from the University of Sydney. She has a demonstrated history of working in the heritage industry and has accumulated a range of experience in archaeological fieldwork, data recording, archival recording and reporting. Lucinda has primarily worked on historical archaeological excavations in the Inner Sydney and Greater Sydney region, as well as Aboriginal excavations and Due Diligence. She has experience in artefact analysis, conservation and management, osteology and has interest in contemporary Aboriginal cultural heritage and visual culture. Lucinda is particularly focused on pursuing osteoarchaeology and forensic archaeology, since completing her studies she has continued to further her knowledge through specialised courses relating to human osteology. Since joining MDCA Lucinda has assisted in several projects, including research, Due Diligence assessments, preparation of ACHA reports and AHIP applications, artefact and bone salvage and management, and Aboriginal community consultation for cultural and archaeological assessments.

Dan Tuck Dan Tuck is MDCA Historical Archaeologist. He has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of European and Aboriginal cultural heritage management and practice. His skills and experience span site survey and assessment, archaeological monitoring, test and salvage excavation, site planning and drawing, stakeholder liaison and report production. Dan regularly prepares archaeological assessments and statements of heritage impact as well as contributing to heritage studies, conservation management plans, archaeological zoning plans and interpretation plans. He undertakes archival photographic recordings and has a range of specialist interests including archival research - particularly preparing Aboriginal post-contact histories for large-scale cultural heritage projects. He is a member of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Inc. (ASHA) and a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI).
Richard Wright Richard Wright is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sydney and MDCA Associate Consultant. Richard provides expert advice and determinations in forensic archaeology and anthropology, including Aboriginal skeletal identifications, retrieval and analysis. He has worked closely with Aboriginal community members on burial exhumation and interpretation. He is a recognised international expert in mass burial retrieval and was Senior Forensic Adviser to Oxford Archaeology and their work on WWI mass graves at Fromelles in France. He was chief archaeologist for ICTY in The Hague, relating to criminal prosecutions for war crimes in Bosnia. He has worked for NSW Police in criminal investigations. Richard also specialises in the analysis of flaked stone tools and the application of statistical methods to archaeological and anthropological data and provides post excavation analytical assessments.

MDCA also engages other specialist associates and assistants to meet the needs of our projects