VIDEO: Day-in-the-life of an AHS archaeologist

We sat down with our longstanding Senior Heritage Consultant and Archaeologist, Owen Budd, on Turrbal and Jagera land to talk about what a day-in-the-life looks like at AHS! 

Owen has been with us for six years and works primarily with aboriginal groups to assist with cultural heritage surveys, technical advice and assisting proponents to ensure fair outcomes on traditional land. 

The highlight of the role, Owen says, is the incredible array of places he’s able to travel to as part of his fieldwork at AHS.  

“I get to visit some places that are very remote, or are just amazing places, or traditional country with traditional owners and seeing places that are special to them,” Owen told us. 

“A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to see, much less be there with traditional owners and be able to ask questions.” 

The burning question for Owen, given how frequently his job is misunderstood, is the difference between an archaeologist and a paleontologist but you’ll have to watch the video to see his answer. 

Watch as Owen describes the varied work an AHS archaeologist undertakes, with no two days proving to be the same, and of course find out what the difference is between a paleontologist and archaeologist!