When I hold an artefact like a comb, key or toy in my hand, or touch the texture of convict dressed stone, I feel connected to people of the past, and to their everyday lived experiences. For me, that is the power of archaeology. Being able to share the stories of people long since gone is a part of my job that I cherish.
Dr Madeline Shanahan, GML Associate and Archaeology Manager, has over 10 years’ experience as a professional archaeologist and historian. She also holds a PhD in Archaeology from University College Dublin and a First Class Honours degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of Sydney.
Madeline has worked as a heritage consultant in Dublin, Melbourne and Sydney. She is an experienced field archaeologist and has authored numerous heritage reports and archaeological assessments. Madeline also has extensive experience in Aboriginal history, cultural heritage and Native Title research, and is highly skilled in the area of community consultation.
As GML’s Archaeology Manager, Madeline is responsible for the overall management of the archaeology team, including the development of best practice methodologies in archaeological and heritage management, research and practice. She plays a pivotal role in client relationship building and community consultation, and draws on her experience to develop internal policy and procedures related to archaeological matters.
Madeline is an active researcher. She has authored a book and a range of peer-reviewed articles and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. She is an Honorary Associate with the Archaeology Department at La Trobe University and is an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions. Her research interests relate to food and cookery, recipe books, women’s history and domestic space.