Dr Stephanie Cath-Garling

PhD (Archaeology), The Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Sydney.

Steph worked in Aboriginal cultural heritage management in NSW for over seven years. As Field Archaeologist and/or Field Director, she was involved in surveys and a number of large-scale test and salvage excavations. She has been working in Victoria since 2017, specialising in stone artefact cataloguing and analysis, as well as artefact photography.

Outside of heritage management, Steph’s research (as part of her PhD and Wenner-Gren Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Pacific Studies, University of St Andrews) has focussed on interaction and exchange in Island Melanesia during a period of cultural transition some 2,000 years ago. Steph undertook extensive fieldwork on the Tanga Islands, Papua New Guinea, including excavating at open coastal and cave/rock-shelter sites, and recording rock-art. She has analysed pottery style and composition, obsidian, red ochre and rock-art style.