With over 30 years of industry experience, Director Cosmos Coroneos has worked across a range of jurisdictions to successfully deliver significant projects both in Australia and overseas. Cosmos has extensive knowledge of current Australian heritage legislation and practices due to his experience managing terrestrial and underwater archaeological sites. He has a proven record of providing clients with sound technical cultural heritage and legislative advice.
Cosmos has lent his expertise to academic and government projects in Australia, New Guinea, Saipan, Italy and Greece, fulfilling various roles ranging from volunteer specialist to field director. He has been employed as a historical archaeologist and maritime archeologist within the state and territory governments of Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. He founded Cosmos Archaeology Pty Ltd in 1997.
Cosmos holds an Honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Sydney and a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology from Curtin University. He is a former President of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA). AIMA is the peak, non-government advisory body to the Commonwealth regarding maritime heritage issues.
Cosmos has been a diver since 1990 and holds ADAS Restricted Occupational SCUBA diver to 30m (Part Two).
Caroline Wilby is a Senior Archaeologist with Cosmos Archaeology, and has over 20 years professional experience in archaeology and cultural heritage management. She has worked extensively as a consultant and senior archaeologist across all Australian jurisdictions, and as a Government heritage officer in the NT. She has also been involved in various academic and commercial archaeological projects in Cyprus, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Laos.
Caroline has a wide range of experience in Aboriginal and historical cultural heritage investigation and management, and has worked on various maritime projects as a non-diving archaeologist and as acting Underwater Cultural Heritage Practitioner for the NT. Her skills include archaeological survey, excavation, recording, and reporting, stakeholder consultation and liaison, archival research and predictive modelling, preparation of archaeological and cultural heritage assessments, heritage impact mitigation and management plans, heritage legislation interpretation and compliance advice, and post-excavation analysis and specialist reporting (including faunal, lithics, military, and aircraft wrecks).
Caroline’s 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.
Senior Maritime Archaeologist
Jane Mitchell is a Senior Maritime Archaeologist with Cosmos Archaeology and holds a Graduate Diploma of Maritime Archaeology from Flinders University. She also has a Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT University.
Jane is a skilled diver with numerous accreditations including ADAS Occupational SCUBA diver to 30m (Part Two), SSI Open Water SCUBA Instructor and SSI Rescue Diver.
Jane has had extensive field experience across New South Wales and Victoria, working on an array of maritime archaeology projects. Her role has included managing 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.
Archaeologist & Administration Manager
Milly Bendell is an Archaeologist with Cosmos Archaeology who has worked on significant terrestrial and underwater projects across multiple states, and within Asia. She holds 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.
Milly is also Cosmos Archaeology’s Administration Manager, ensuring clear and efficient communication with clients to deliver successful project outcomes.
Throughout her role, Milly has undertaken field work in a variety of maritime and historical archaeology settings. Her expertise includes site survey and planning, and archival recording of archaeological sites and artefacts. She is also highly proficient in archival research and report writing, while also overseeing Cosmos Archaeology’s business administration requirements.
Assistant Maritime Archaeologist
Connor McBrian is an Assistant Archaeologist with Cosmos Archaeology and holds a Bachelor of History from Iowa State 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 Bermuda, Barbados and Vietnam. In addition to his international experience, Connor has also worked across various state jurisdictions within Australia.
Connor has conducted 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.
Connor holds an ADAS Occupational SSBA diver to 30m (Part Two), as well as an AAUS Scientific Diver certification, Advanced Open Water (PADI) and Rescue Diver (SDI).
Tara Chilcott completed her Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management at Flinders University and joined the Cosmos Archaeology team following a successful internship programme with the company. Tara brings significant communications expertise to her role, following a decade-long career in broadcast journalism, media and public relations across Queensland and overseas.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of New England.
Tara is highly proficient in archival research and report writing as a result of her broad experiences in journalism and editing. As a post-graduate student, Tara has undertaken terrestrial and maritime archaeological fieldwork and she plans to commence a Master of Maritime Archaeology in the near future.