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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.
Paul Irish

Dr Paul Irish is MDCA Principal Consultant and Historian, with over 15 years of experience in Aboriginal heritage management, and a PhD in Aboriginal history. Paul has considerable experience and expertise in all aspects of Aboriginal heritage research, survey, recording, excavation as well as planning and management. He has a longstanding interest in the Aboriginal history of the Sydney region, and is the author of the 2017 book Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (NewSouth Publishing). As the 2015 recipient of the NSW History Fellowship Paul developed a travelling exhibition in collaboration with researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community called This is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney, which examines the lives and movements of prominent coastal Sydney Aboriginal people in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition, Paul regularly writes and speaks on historical and archaeological topics for a range of professional and general audiences. Paul is a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc., an accredited Professional Historian by the NSW & ACT Professional Historians Association Inc., and is a member of the Australian Archaeological Association and Australian Historical Association.

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).

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.
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