Archaeological assessment in the Rouse Hill urban release area

01st June 2002

Staib Figure 2 AA54Robert Staib

Written by a non-archaeologist, this paper describes the management of a program of assessment of Aboriginal archaeological sites undertaken by the Rouse Hill Infrastructure Consortium over the last eight years in conjunction with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, Aboriginal groups and consultant archaeologists in the Rouse Hill Development Area in the north west of Sydney. The management of the program is discussed and the issues of liaison with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)
and the three Aboriginal groups from the area are described. Details of the cost of the assessment program and the timing of the various activities: surface survey, sub-surface investigations, salvage, analysis and reporting are provided.

A case is made for better strategic planning so that potential archaeological sites can be identified earlier in the planning cycle. This should help those organizations that design infrastructure to avoid potential sites, the consent authority (the NPWS) to make more informed decisions and the Aboriginal groups to have more time to assess the cultural
values of the archaeological sites. Finally the paper describes the considerable archaeological resource that exists as a result of the assessment program in the area. This resource includes 45,000 flaked stone artefacts, dozens of archaeological reports and over one hundred identified sites.

Robert Staib
Archaeological assessment in the Rouse Hill urban release area
June 2002
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