Lara Tooby
Heritage Consultant, Archaeologist


Lara Tooby, GML Heritage Consultant, Archaeologist, holds a Bachelor of Arts with Archaeology (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Over the course of her tertiary education and industry experience, Lara has developed skills in archaeological excavation, anthropological and historical research, archaeological assessments and interpretation. She has had experience working on both Aboriginal and historical archaeological sites. In 2017 and 2019, Lara participated in the University of Sydney’s excavations at Pella in Jordan.

As part of her Honours dissertation Lara investigated the shell mounds at Ballina within a holistic landscape history. Using evidence of re-visitation, site specialisation, and burials, Lara was able to demonstrate that the mounds were cultural monuments embedded within the societies of people who lived in the region. Lara has recently published this work.

Key GML projects Lara has worked on include Arthur Phillip High School, DHA Schofields Aerodrome, Parramatta RSL, West Dapto, and the Portraits of NSW publication. As part of these projects, Lara has helped the Archaeology Team with fieldwork coordination, excavation, post-excavation, community consultation and report writing.

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I’m interested in how heritage can be utilised to understand human history whilst reinforcing ongoing cultural meaning within contemporary communities.


Bachelor of Arts  (Archaeology, Anthropology) with Honours (Archaeology)


Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Institute

The Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation