Who are we

Cosmos Archaeology Pty Ltd is an Australian based cultural heritage consultancy. We specialise in historical archaeology, maritime archaeology and heritage projects. Cosmos Archaeology is one of the few Australian heritage consultancies with qualified maritime archaeologists on staff with ADAS (diving) certification. We work nationally and internationally for a range of clients and across many different types of sites. Cosmos Archaeology is currently engaged with projects across Australia.

Since its launch in 1997, Cosmos Archaeology has completed more than 300 projects relating to research, identification and preservation of cultural heritage items, both on land and underwater. Our work includes surveys, monitoring, underwater and land excavations, desktop studies, heritage assessments, conservation management plans and statements of heritage impact.

Cosmos Archaeology has the expertise and years of experience to successfully manage and complete a wide range of heritage and archaeology projects. From project proposal and during inception we carefully review the development proposal, focus on proposed impacts and the study area in order to assess the impacts to the heritage significance of the relevant item. Our approach is also based on understanding and following the relevant statutory heritage guidelines.

Cosmos Archaeology also provides archaeology-specific GIS and heritage mapping, remote sensing interpretation, heritage management and conservation plans, as well as technical heritage and legislative advice. Our archaeologists are skilled at working in different jurisdictions, are flexible and adaptable as well as efficient communicators.


Cosmos Archaeology is experienced in a diversity of projects including the following successfully completed examples:

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From 1999 to 2002, Cosmos Archaeology undertook three field seasons on the World Heritage listed site of Port Arthur, Tasmania. This involved extensive surveying underwater and in the intertidal zone; the results of which formed the basis for a maritime archaeology heritage conservation management plan prepared for the Port Arthur Authority.

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In 2006 to 2008, Cosmos Archaeology was involved in the Channel Deepening Project with the Port of Melbourne Corporation. Our work comprised review of multi-beam sonar records, inspection of anomalies, archaeological monitoring, wreck inspections and the excavation and relocation of the submerged remains of a historic pile light.

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Cosmos Archaeology also has experience in directing excavations on land, such as the 2009 Burke and Wills ‘Plant Camp’ archaeological excavation. Including members of the public and staff of the Queensland Museum, the project aimed to locate the astronomical equipment left by the doomed expedition in 1861.

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Cosmos Archaeology has also been engaged in projects involving both terrestrial and underwater excavations. The Port of Echuca historical archaeology survey completed in 2011 is one of these. Underwater excavations identified the remains of a small wooden boat as well as part of the Wharf. Land excavations revealed deposits possibly associated with 19th century building that was once used as the town morgue.

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From 2011 to 2013 Cosmos Archaeology commenced documenting the WWII submerged cultural landscape of East Arm, Darwin Harbour prior to the commencement of dredging for construction of the LNG plant at Blaydin Point as part of the INPEX project.  In 2015 we are still involved in the monitoring of wreck sites in the vicinity of the dredging footprint.