Staff at Cosmos Archaeology

Cosmos Coroneos

Director and archaeologist Cosmos Coroneos has an Honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Sydney and a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology from Curtin University. Cosmos has worked in government as a project officer in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory both as a historical and maritime archaeologist. He has operated Cosmos Archaeology Pty Ltd since 1997.  Cosmos has also participated in academic and Government projects in Australia, New Guinea, Saipan, Italy and Greece, in varying capacities from volunteer specialist to field director.

Cosmos is a former President of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA). AIMA is the peak non-government body, which advises the Commonwealth on maritime heritage. In his position, Cosmos is well informed on heritage legislation and practices around the country.



Caroline Wilby is a senior archaeologist with Cosmos Archaeology. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (classical archaeology, history and criminology) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Australian archaeology from La Trobe University. With over 16 years experience as an archaeologist, Caroline has been involved in various Aboriginal, historical and maritime projects in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as projects in Indonesia, Hong Kong SAR and Laos PDR.


Jane Mitchell

Jane Mitchell is a Maritime Archaeologist with Cosmos Archaeology, has a Graduate Diploma of Maritime Archaeology postgraduate degree with Flinders University of South Australia and a Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT University. She is an ADAS Restricted Occupational SCUBA diver to 30m (Part One Restricted), SSI Open Water SCUBA Instructor, SSI Rescue Diver. Jane has participated in projects all around New South Wales and Victoria.

Jane has extensive field experience on maritime archaeology projects and has led the preparation of heritage assessments and statements of heritage impacts as well as significance assessments, risk management plans, OH&S plans, archival photographic recordings and maritime archaeological management plans.


Milly Bendell

Milly Bendell is our Administration Manager and an archaeologist with Cosmos Archaeology. She has a Bachelor of Business from James Cook University, a Graduate Certificate in Archaeology and Maritime Archaeology and a Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology from Flinders University of South Australia. Milly has worked on maritime and historical archaeological projects throughout Australia and internationally. She is a qualified advanced diver, with underwater and terrestrial experience in New South Wales, South Australia and Vietnam. Milly’s skills range from site survey and planning of maritime and terrestrial sites, archival recording of archaeological sites and artefacts, historical and archival research as well as assiting in report writing, office administration and social media management.


Connor McBrian

Connor Mcbrian is an Assistant Archaeologist with Cosmos Archaeology, has a Bachelor of History from Iowa State University and is finishing a Masters of Maritime Archaeology at East Carolina University. During his employment as both a historical and maritime archaeologist, Connor has worked for State and Federal agencies in the USA as well as in New South Wales, Queensland, Bermuda, Barbados and Vietnam. Connor has experience in archaeological excavations, in both terrestrial and underwater settings, and is adept at historical and archival research as well as report writing. He has further practice and training in artefact recording, artefact conservation, site survey/planning, database management, and GIS software. Connor has assisted in the preparation of archival photographic recordings and maritime archaeological management plans.