Archaeologist, Applied Archaeology Australia - Applied Archaeology International
David is focused on collaborative, integrated cultural heritage management that upholds customary protocols and supports local community’s goals and structures. He is interested in exploring the development of community archaeology as both a theoretical and methodological practice that operates across all research, commercial and community programs, as well across all socio-political contexts. David’s research interests branch across applied archeology, landscape archaeology, the integration of natural and cultural heritage management, and the evaluation and assessment of collaborative approaches within heritage management. His work has been guided and developed by the Wadandi, Bibbulmun, Menang, Goreng, Wudjari (Nookgurring, Tjultjaraak and Bardok) people of southern Western. He is now also working with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation in northwestern Australia to support cultural rangers in the management of the Murujuga National Park, as led by the Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Yaburara, Mardudhunera, and Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo Traditional Owners. David is actively learning and applying knowledge shared by these Elders, Cultural Rangers, and the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation management team. On alternate seasons, he is working on a collaborative, long-term program with the Kenaitze (Dena’ina) Tribe of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, while co-developing several other community projects in Australia and North America.