MICHAEL

I am passionate about the power that knowledge of the past can have to change our present and future for the better, and to help redress historical inequities. I therefore fundamentally conceive of heritage as an ethical domain rather than as a technical or compliance practice. This perception of the power of the past has been a lifelong personal interest which now shapes and provides a vision and framework for my practice as a professional archaeologist, professional historian, heritage consultant and perpetual student. My practice is a reflexive and critical one, led by the belief that it is far better to think a little bit differently, than to think a lot but in the same way.   

ABOUT

MICHAEL

I am a huge nerd, who was traumatized at having to choose only three subjects per semester when I first attended university aged 36. Archaeology is the study of people and anything they have made or affected intentionally or not. In short, almost anything can be the subject of archaeology and I was able to take advantage of this to formally study subjects from ancient languages to archaeological theory, forensic anatomy, quantum physics, anthropology and Islamic theology. It is a privilege to be able to work in a discipline that seeks to protect and advance heritage, while remaining engaged with this interdisciplinary body of thought.

MY ARTEFACT

This is a Kiddush cup, used ceremonially at Jewish celebrations. Given to me at birth with my engraved initials still faintly visible, seeing it brings many positive memories and reminds me of the deep meanings that artefacts hold.

LOCATION

Suite 56, Jones Bay Wharf 26-32 Pirrama Road, PYRMONT NSW 2009

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