Archaeology & Heritage Services
AMBS provides archaeological and heritage consultancy services for clients including private individuals, businesses and government departments. Our team of qualified archaeologists and heritage practitioners offer independent, expert advice on the assessment and management of Aboriginal and historic heritage. AMBS can undertake projects of all sizes, ranging from housing and commercial developments to state significant infrastructure such as roads, railways and mines.
Archaeological excavation, Currarong NSW
Christopher Langeluddecke © Australian Museum Business Services
Heritage Conservation Management
Conservation provides for the protection and management of the cultural and natural heritage values of a place. Conservation and protection of heritage values of items, sites or places in their entirety are the primary guiding principle in AMBS' determination of opportunities and constraints for conservation management planning. AMBS are experienced in the development of conservation management and interpretation strategies for significant items, sites and places throughout NSW and Australia.
Aboriginal heritage services
Aboriginal sites can include scatters of small stone tools, shell middens, scarred trees, axe grinding grooves and rock art/engravings. AMBS services include:
- Aboriginal site register searches
- Survey and site recording
- Permit application preparation (Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit AHIP, previously Section 90 and Section 87)
- Excavation and specialist analysis of archaeological material (shell, bone, stone)
- Significance assessments
- Due diligence studies
- Aboriginal heritage impact assessments
Historic heritage services
AMBS provide specialist advice on historic heritage items, heritage precincts, archaeological sites and industrial landscapes.
Built heritage is not just about beautiful historic buildings. Heritage consists of items that we have inherited from the past and want to hand on to future generations. Items with heritage value can include local houses and shops, parks and gardens, urban streets, bridges, factories and mines.
AMBS services include:
- Expert heritage advice
- Survey and analysis of historic places
- Heritage Impact Assessments
- Statements of Heritage Impact
- Visual impact assessments
- Conservation Management Plans
- Thematic studies
- Historical and archival research
- Interpretation strategies
- Excavation of historic sites
When undertaking these projects, AMBS Archaeology & Heritage complies with heritage best practice standards and guidelines, including the requirements of:
- the Burra Charter (The Australia ICOMOS charter for the conservation of places of cultural significance);
- the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;
- NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (including assessment of Part 3A major projects);
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984;
- National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974;
- Aboriginal cultural heritage consultation requirements for proponents (DECCW 2010);
- Guidelines for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment and Community Consultation (DEC 2005);
- Code of Practice for Archaeological Investigation of Aboriginal Objects in New South Wales (DECCW 2010);
- Due Diligence Code of Practice for Archaeological Investigation of Aboriginal Objects in New South Wales (DECCW 2010);
- NSW Heritage Act 1977; and
- the Heritage Manual and associated documents including Assessing Heritage Significance and Archaeological Assessments, published by the NSW Heritage Office and DUAP (now Heritage Branch, Department of Planning).