With 20 years’ experience, Dr Alan Williams FSA MAACAI is one of Australia’s leading archaeological consultants specialising in Aboriginal heritage. He has worked across a broad range of sectors including residential, mining, energy, transport and infrastructure, and is regularly called upon to supervise large-scale and complex projects both locally and nationally. He is an expert in archaeological excavation, notably the investigation of deep sand bodies, and is frequently engaged to troubleshoot derailed and/or critical projects. He is an expert in Aboriginal stakeholder engagement, having extensive relationships with numerous communities across Australia, and especially within the Sydney Basin.
Alan is also well established in academia, affiliated with multiple universities and an associate investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. He is widely published, with some 35 articles on past Aboriginal demography, palaeoclimatology and other key archaeological debates in journals such as Nature Communications, Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, Journal of Archaeological Science, and Australian Archaeology. These works are widely cited nationally and internationally, and he receives regular invitations to present his works overseas, as well as to undertake peer review for numerous journals.
Alan has a Bachelor of Science joint Geography and Archaeology (Hons), Leicester University; a Master of Science in Quaternary Science, University of London; and a Doctor of Philosophy (Science), Australian National University. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a full member of the Association of Australian Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
As National Leader, he advises on a broad range of Aboriginal heritage management, including due diligence, impact assessment, stakeholder consultation, approvals, heritage management and mitigation, interpretation, policy and guideline review. On request, he conducts peer reviews and gives evidence as an expert witness.