Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

Member Profiles: Karen Murphy



Melbourne VIC 3000
P: + 61038668308
F: 03 8668 3001
M: 0429 166 475
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Doctor of Philosophy (Historical Archaeology), University of Queensland, 2011
Bachelor of Arts (Honours - Archaeology), University of Queensland, 2003
Bachelor of Business (Tourism), University of Queensland, 1991

Professional Associations and Positions

Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Treasurer, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA)
Member, Australian Archaeological Association (AAA)


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation

Special Fields

  • � Historical heritage impact assessment
  • � Historical research
  • � Historical artefact analysis
  • � Historical heritage assessment

Consulting Experience

Karen has postgraduate qualifications in archaeology from The University of Queensland and over 10 years experience in historical heritage management in government, academic and consultancy roles. She has recently completed her PhD in historical archaeology at The University of Queensland, conducting an extensive program of archaeological survey, excavation and artefact analysis at the site of the 19th century Cootharaba sawmill, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
She has comprehensive knowledge of Australian heritage legislative and policy frameworks and experience in the development of heritage policy and legislative guidelines for the Queensland government. Karen has undertaken heritage consulting projects in Queensland, Victoria, NSW, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia for local, state and Federal government, and infrastructure development groups.
Karen has skills and experience in historical heritage assessment, conservation management plans, impact assessment, historical research and the supervision and management of survey, excavation and artefact analysis.
She is currently Treasurer of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology.

Recent key projects include:
Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade EIS, Historical (non-Aboriginal) Heritage Assessment, NSW
Remembrance Drive Interchange, Western Highway Project, Ballarat Avenue of Honour Conservation Management Plan and Heritage Impact Assessment, Victoria
RAAF Base Darwin Heritage Management Plan, Northern Territory
Washpool Coal EIS, Historical Heritage Assessment, Queensland
Tasman Highway and Gladstone Road Upgrade, Historical Heritage Assessment, Tasmania

Selected Publications

Murphy, K. (In press) �Under the Boards: Site Formation Processes at the Commissariat Store site�, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, forthcoming volume.
Karen Murphy (2010). Beyond the Cootharaba Mill: An archaeology of social interaction, practice and community in colonial Australia. PhD Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.
Murphy, K., D. Cummins, N. Franklin, A. Gietzelt, J. Graham and M. Rowland (2008) �Natural and Cultural Heritage�, in Environmental Protection Agency (ed), State of the Environment Queensland 2007, State of Queensland, Brisbane.
Armstrong, S., N. Franklin, C. Harvey, L. Hurse, and K. Murphy (2003) �Natural and Cultural Heritage�, in Environmental Protection Agency (ed), State of the Environment Queensland 2003, State of Queensland, Brisbane.
Murphy, K. (2003) Under the Boards: The Study of Site Formation Processes at the Commissariat Store Site, Brisbane. BA Honours thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland. Available: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:9510

A full curriculum vitae is available on request