Archaeologist Q&A – Meet Finn Tobin

We recently sat down with one of our graduate archaeologists, Finn Tobin, who is a passionate archaeologist, historian, rock climber, and re-enactor!  

Finn has quickly become an invaluable member of our team, showing dedication to his craft and a genuine passion for the work we undertake here at AHS. 

We sat down Finn to find out more about his interests, goals, and favourite parts of the job! 


Tell us about your role here at AHS and how long you’ve been here? 

I am a graduate archaeologist who started working with AHS in late January. For the past few months, I have been assisting with large-scale windfarm projects in Queensland and NSW, as well working around historic hotels and houses. So far, it has been an amazing experience that has massively expanded upon my university degree with a whole range of new skills. 

What is your favourite part about the Job? 

Getting to travel around Australia and spend time out in the country – Especially when Jobs involve hiking across remote and wild terrain. 

Why did you want to become an Archaeologist? 

I am probably more of a historian at heart, but I love that Archaeology lets me take investigation out of the library and into the field! 

I also think that archaeology has a unique ability to engage with questions surrounding post colonialism – for me, in particular, this involves the dramatic transformations to the landscape and environment that have occurred since colonisation and the ongoing consequences these have today. 

When you’re not working, what do you do in your spare time? We hear you do reenactments! 

Yes, I am an avid reenactor! I am a part of The New Varangian Guard, who recreate an Eastern Roman mercenary encampment as it may have looked in the High Middle Ages (1200s AD).  

Re-enactment is a great way to bring artefacts to life and can be a powerful form of experimental archaeology. 

Beyond re-enactment, I am a keen rock climber and spend most of my weekends trying not to fall off of cliffs! 

Where do you see the future of archaeology and heritage work going, with AI and tech developments? 

I am better with ancient technologies than modern ones, but I’m confident that people smarter than me will find great new applications for AI that will help to automate the more laborious parts of research and data recording. 

Thanks for the chat, Finn! 


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