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Dr Matthew Kelly
State Excavation Director
& Heritage Specialist

Matthew has worked in most Australian states and the Pacific area undertaking assessment, excavation, post excavation analysis and conservation management reporting since 1989.  These projects have involved clients at Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels.  

Matthew’s archaeological experience includes test excavations, monitoring, and open-area excavation on sites of both local and State significance. During his career he has worked with teams of heritage professionals with a wide range of skills such as artefact specialisation, palynology, surveying, geomorphology, materials conservation, forensic archaeology, and interpretation. This work has involved periods as diverse as early colonial convict sites, 19th, and 20th century mission sites through to WW2 battlefields and fortifications.  

He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts (Hons), majoring in history, from the University of Sydney in 1989. His PhD, in archaeology, was awarded by the University of Sydney in 2009. He is currently on the National Committee of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA), on the Archaeological Advisory Panel for the V by Crown site in Parramatta, is the convenor of the ICOMOS Australia National Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage and is the Australian representative for ICOFORT.