Dr Lynley Wallis is the Principal Archaeologist with WHC.
She has previously held research and teaching positions at the University of Queensland, Flinders University, James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. In addition, she was also a Senior Heritage Officer with the Heritage Branch of the ACT Government from 2002-2003 and is currently, the heritage advisor for the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation.
She has more than 20 years experience in undertaking both small and large scale archaeological research and cultural heritage management projects in Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland, and also has international experience working in Thailand and Chile. Lynley’s extensive experience in the industry means that clients receive detailed and accurate heritage management advice so they can confidently proceed with planning their projects.
Lynley’s commitment to outstanding research, collaborative projects and community engagement is demonstrated by the community-led projects she undertakes. In 2019 alone, she was the lead CI on collaborative project in north QLD that received over $1 million in funding from the Australian Research Council and managed a community project in a remote Northern Territory community that was short-listed for the Best Collaboration Northern Territory Natural Resource Management Awards.
Lynley has published widely in national and international journals, and has many years experience teaching archaeology and cultural heritage management to Aboriginal community members, undergraduate and postgraduate university students. She is currently an editorial board member for the Queensland Archaeological Research journal and an advisory editor of the Nulungu Publications series, having formerly been an editorial board member of the journals Australian Archaeology and Archaeology in Oceania.
Her formal qualifications include a Doctor of Philosophy from The Australian National University (2001) and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from The University of Western Australia (1994).
Lynley has a number of professional affiliations and registrations with relevant associations including the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA), the Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA), the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and full membership with the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI). From 2012-2015 she was the Co-Editor of the flagship journal of AAA, Australian Archaeology, and has also served in the past as the National President (2009-2011) and as the State Representative for South Australia (2006–2009). She has served as the Membership Secretary of AACAI (2018-2019), the National Vice-President (2016–2017) and the National President (2014–2015).
Wallis, L.A. 2020 Disrupting paradise: has Australian archaeology lost sight of what’s really important? Australian Archaeology. DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2020.1834181
Wallis, L.A. 2020 Response. Australian Archaeology. DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2020.1834193
Huntley, J. and L.A. Wallis 2020 Rock art conservation in an industrial context. News in Conservation 80:20–25.
Gorman, A.C., H. Burke and L.A. Wallis (eds) 2020 Space: An Exploration of Objects. Indooroopilly: Wallis Heritage Consulting.
Wallis, L.A., B. Stephenson and Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation 2020 A nardoo processing grinding stone from a rockshelter in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Australian Archaeology. DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2020.1768627
Lowe, K. and L.A. Wallis 2020 Exploring ground-penetrating radar and sediment magnetic susceptibility analyses in a sandstone rockshelter in northern Australia. Australian Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.1080/03122417.2020.1764172
Cole, N., L.A. Wallis, H. Burke, B. Barker and Rinyirru Aboriginal Corporation 2020 ‘On the brink of a fever stricken swamp’: culturally modified trees and land-people relationships at the Boralga Native Mounted Police camp, Cape York Peninsula. Australian Archaeology. DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2020.1749371
Burke, H., B. Barker, L.A. Wallis, S. Craig and M. Combo 2020 Betwixt and between: trauma, survival and the Aboriginal troopers of the Queensland Native Mounted Police. Journal of Genocide Research 22(3):317–333. DOI: 10.1080/14623528.2020.1735147
Florin, S.A., A.S. Fairbairn, M. Nango, J. Djandjomerr, B. Marwick, R. Fullagar, M. Smith, L.A. Wallis and C. Clarkson 2020 The first Australian ‘bush foods’ at Madjedbebe, 65,000–53,000 years ago. Nature Communications 11(924). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14723-0
Bryant, L., H. Burke, T. Ireland, L.A. Wallis and C. Wight 2020 Secret and safe: the underlife of concealed objects from the Royal Derwent Hospital, New Norfolk, Tasmania. Journal of Social Archaeology. DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1469605320903577
Barker, B., L.A. Wallis, H. Burke, N. Cole, K. Lowe, U. Artym, A. Pagels, L. Bateman, E. Hatte, C. De Leiuen, I. Davidson and L. Zimmerman 2020 The archaeology of the ‘Secret War’: the material evidence of conflict on the Queensland frontier 1849–1901. Queensland Archaeological Research 23:25–41. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25120/qar.23.2020.3720
Huntley, J., L.A. Wallis, B. Stephenson, Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation and Annabelle Davis 2020 A multi-technique approach to contextualising painted rock art in the Central Pilbara of Western Australia: integrating in-field and laboratory methods. Quaternary International. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2020.05.032
Davidson, I., H. Burke, L. Sullivan, L.A. Wallis, U. Artym and B. Barker 2020 Cultural conflict in text and materiality: the impact of words and lead on the northwest Queensland colonial frontier. World Archaeology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2020.1711153
Lowe, K.M., S. Arthure, L.A. Wallis and J Feinberg 2020 Geophysical and archaeological investigations of Baker’s Flat, a nineteenth century historic
Irish site in South Australia. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12:33. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-019-01003-2
Cole, N. and L.A. Wallis 2019 Indigenous rock art tourism in Australia: contexts, trajectories and multifaceted realities. Arts 8(162). DOI 10.3390/arts8040162
Wallis, L.A., H. Burke, N. Cole and B. Barker 2019 Archaeology and the teaching of frontier conflict in Australia. Teaching History June 2019:6–10.
Marshall, M., L.A. Wallis and K. Golson 2019 Marnda Gardairri: Facilitation of an Indigenous Ranger Rock Art Workshop. Nulungu Insights 3. Broome: Nulunug Research Institute, University of Notre Dame.
Moss, P., S. Ulm, L. Mackenzie, L.A. Wallis, D. Rosendahl and L. Steinberger 2019 Robust local vegetation records from dense archaeological shell matrixes: a palynological analysis of the Thundiy shell deposit, Bentinck Island, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11(2):511–520.
Miller, G.H., J.W. Magee, M.L. Fogel, M.J. Wooller, P.P. Hesse, N.A. Spooner, B.J. Johnson and L.A. Wallis 2018 Wolfe Creek Crater: a continuous sediment fill in the Australian arid zone records changes in monsoon strength through the Late Quaternary. Quaternary Science Reviews 199:108–125.
Wallis, L.A., H. Burke, B. Barker, N. Cole, L. Bateman, U. Artym, T. Pagels, E. Hatte and I. Davidson 2018 The Archaeology of the ‘Secret War’ in Colonial Queensland, 1849 to 1904. Signals 124:14–19.
Wallis, L.A. 2018 Chapter 12 Phytolith analysis of sediment samples from Djadjiling (HD07-1A-04), HN-A9 (Jundaru) and HD07-3A-PAD13, Pilbara, Western Australia. In D. Cropper and B. Law (eds), Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia. British Archaeological Reports International Series, pp359–384. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing.
Burke, H., B. Barker, N. Cole, L.A. Wallis, E. Hatte, I. Davidson and K. Lowe 2018 The Queensland Native Police and strategies of recruitment on the Queensland frontier 1849–1901. Journal of Australian Studies. DIO: https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2018.1474942
Lowe, K.M., N. Cole, H. Burke, L.A. Wallis, B. Barker, E. Hatte and Rinyirru Aboriginal Corporation 2018 The archaeological signature of ‘ant bed’ mound floors in the northern tropics of Australia: case study on the Boralga Native Mounted Police Camp, Cape York Peninsula. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 19:686–700.
Gorman, A.C., L.A. Wallis and H. Burke 2018 Road Tripping: A Journey of Artefacts. Brighton: Wallis Heritage Consulting.
Davidson, I., H. Burke, L.A. Wallis, B. Barker, E. Hatte and N. Cole 2018 Connecting Myall Creek and the Wonomo. In J. Lydon and L. Ryan (eds), Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre, pp.100–111. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing.
Wallis, L.A., N. Cole, H. Burke, B. Barker, K. Lowe, I. Davidson and E. Hatte 2017 Rewriting the history of the Native Mounted Police in Queensland. Nulungu Insights 1. Broome: Nulungu Research Institute.
Disspain, M.C.F, L.A. Wallis, S. Fallon, M. Sumner, C. St George, C. Wilson, D. Wright, S. Ulm and B.M. Gillanders 2017 Direct radiocarbon dating of fish otoliths from mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) and black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) from Long Point, South Australia. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia 41:3–17.
Gorman, A.C. and L.A. Wallis (eds) 2017 Loveable: The Stories Behind Thriftshop Objects. Brighton: Wallis Heritage Consulting.
Burke, H., L.A. Wallis, B. Barker, M. Tutty, N. Cole, I. Davidson, E. Hatte and K. Lowe 2017 The homestead as fortress: fact or folklore? Aboriginal History 40:151–177.
L.A. Wallis, Davidson, I., H. Burke, S. Mitchell, B. Barker, E. Hatte, N. Cole and K. Lowe 2017 Aboriginal stone huts along the Georgina River, southwest Queensland. Queensland Archaeological Research 20:1–8.
Clarkson, C., Z. Jacobs, B. Marwick, R. Fullagar, L.A. Wallis, M. Smith, R.G. Roberts, E. Hayes, K. Lowe, X. Carah, A. Florin, J. McNeil, D. Cox, L.J. Arnold, Q. Hua, J. Huntley, H.E.A. Brand, T. Manne, A. Fairbairn, J. Shulmeister, L.Lyle, M. Salina, M. Page, K. Connell, G. Park, K. Norman, T. Murphy and C. Pardoe 2017 New evidence for the human colonisation of northern Australia about 65,000 years ago. Nature 547(7663):303–310.
Moss, P., S. Ulm, L. Mackenzie, L.A. Wallis, D. Rosendahl and L. Steinberger 2016 Robust local vegetation records from dense archaeological shell matrixes: a palynological analysis of the Thundiy shell deposit, Bentinck Island, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. Lowe, K.M., S.M. Mentzer, L.A. Wallis and J. Shulmeister 2016 A multi-proxy study of anthropogenic sedimentation and human occupation of Gledswood Shelter 1: Exploring an interior sandstone rockshelter in northern Australia. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.
Wallis, L.A. and J. Matthews 2016 Built structures in rockshelters of the Pilbara, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 31(1):1-26.
Lowe, K.M., J. Shulmeister, J.M. Feinberg, T. Manne, L.A. Wallis and K. Welsh 2016 Using soil magnetic properties to determine the onset of Pleistocene human settlement at Gledswood Shelter 1, northern Australia. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 31(3):211–228.
Gorman, A.C. and L.A. Wallis 2015 Disposable: The Stories Behind Everyday Objects. Brighton: Wallis Heritage Consulting.
Matthews, J. and L.A. Wallis 2015 Broadcasting, listening and the mysteries of public engagement: An investigation of the AAA online audience. Australian Archaeology 81:1–11.
Moss, P., L. Mackenzie, S. Ulm, C. Sloss, D. Rosendahl, L. Petherick, L. Steinberger, L.A. Wallis, H. Heijnis, F. Petchey and G. Jacobsen 2015 Environmental context for late Holocene human occupation of the south Wellesley Archipelago, Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Australia. Quaternary International 385:136–144.
Clarkson, C., M. Smith, B. Marwick, R. Fullagar, L.A. Wallis, P. Faulkner, T. Manne, Z. Jacobs, E. Hayes, X. Carah, K. Lowe, R.G. Roberts, J. Matthews and S.A. Florin 2015 The archaeology, chronology and stratigraphy of Madjedbebe (Malakunanja II): a site in northern Australia with early occupation. Journal of Human Evolution 83:46–64.
Rosendahl, D., K.M. Lowe, L.A. Wallis and S. Ulm 2014 Integrating geoarchaeology and magnetic susceptibility at three shell mounds: a pilot study from Mornington Island, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Journal of Archaeological Science 49:21–32.
Rosendahl, D., S. Ulm, H. Tomkins, L.A. Wallis and P. Memmott 2014 Late Holocene changes in shellfishing behaviours from the Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9(2):253–267.
Lowe, K.M., L.A Wallis, C. Pardoe, B. Marwick, C. Clarkson, T. Manne, M. Smith and R. Fullagar 2014 Ground-penetrating radar and burial practices in western Arnhem Land, Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 48(3):148–157
Fullagar, R.L.K. and L.A. Wallis 2014 Use-wear and phytoliths on bedrock grinding patches in north-western Australia. The Artefact 35:75–87.
Wallis, L.A. 2014 Review of ‘Consultation and Cultural Heritage: Let us Reason Together’ by Claudia Nissley and Thomas F. King. Australian Archaeology 78:138–140.
L.A. Wallis and S.J. Collins 2013 Just passing through: archaeological investigations of a late Holocene open site in the Mitchell Grass Downs, inland northwest Queensland. Queensland Archaeological Research 16:45–54.
St George, C., L.A. Wallis, B. Keys C. Wilson, S. Fallon, M. Sumner, S. Hemming and the Ngarrindjeri Heritage Committee 2013 Radiocarbon dates for shell midden sites at Long Point in the Coorong, South Australia. Australian Archaeology 77:141–147.
Wallis, L.A. 2013 A comparative study of phytolith assemblages in modern sediments from the Kimberley, Western Australia. Quaternary Australasia 30(2):6–20.
Wallis, L.A., A. Gorman and H. Burke 2013 The opportunities and challenges of graduate level teaching in cultural heritage management. Australian Archaeology 76.
Pitman, H.T. and L.A. Wallis 2012 The point of spinifex: A review of Aboriginal uses of spinifex grasses in Australia. Ethnobotanical Research and Applications 10:109-131.
Mondal, S., P. Memmott, L.A. Wallis and D. Martin 2012 Physico-thermal properties of Triodia resin bio-polymer. Materials Chemistry and Physics 133(2/3):692-699.
Gamage, H., S. Mondal, L.A. Wallis, P. Memmott, D. Martin, B. Wright and S Schmidt 2012 Indigenous and modern biomaterials derived from Triodia (spinifex) grasslands in Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 60(2):114-127.
Litster, M. and L.A. Wallis 2011 Looking for the proverbial needle? The archaeology of Australian colonial frontier massacres. Archaeology in Oceania 46:105-117.
Wade, V., L.A. Wallis and Woolgar Valley Aboriginal Corporation 2011 Aboriginal rock art sites on Middle Park Station, inland northwest Queensland. Australian Archaeology 72:23-34.
Disspain, M., L.A. Wallis and B. Gillanders 2011 Developing baseline data to understand environmental change: a geochemical pilot study of archaeological otoliths from the Coorong, South Australia. Journal of Archaeological Science 38:1842-1857.
Wallis, L.A. and A.C. Gorman 2010 A time for change? Indigenous heritage values and management practice in the Coorong and Lower Murray Lakes region, South Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies 2010(1):57-73.
Moffat, I., L.A. Wallis, M.W. Hounslow, K. Niland, K. Domett and G. Trevorrow 2010 Geophysical prospection for Late Holocene burials in coastal environments: A pilot study from South Australia. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 25(5):1-21.
Wallis, L.A., B. Keys, I. Moffat and S. Fallon 2009 Gledswood Shelter 1: initial radiocarbon dates from a Pleistocene aged rockshelter site in northwest Queensland. Australian Archaeology 69:71-74.
Alam, A.K.M.M., S. Xie and L.A. Wallis 2009 Reconstructing Holocene palaeoenvironments in Bangladesh: Phytolith analysis of archaeological soils from Somapura Mahavihara site in the Paharpur area, Badalgacchi Upazila, Naogaon District, Bangladesh. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:504-512.
Sim, R. and L.A. Wallis 2008 Northern Australian offshore island use during the Holocene: the archaeology of Vanderlin Island, Sir Edward Pellew Group, Gulf of Carpentaria. Australian Archaeology 67:95-106.
Wallis, L.A., I. Moffat, G. Trevorrow and T. Massey 2008 Locating places for repatriated burial: a case study from Ngarrindjeri ruwe, South Australia. Antiquity 82:750-760
Moffat, I., L.A. Wallis, A. Beale and D. Kynuna 2008 Trialing geophysical techniques in the identification of open Indigenous sites in Australia: a case study from inland northwest Queensland. Australian Archaeology 66:60-63.
Wiltshire, K.D. and L.A. Wallis 2008 A history of Aboriginal heritage protection legislation in South Australia. Journal of Environment Planning and Law 25(2):98-114.
Veth, P., K. Aplin, L. Wallis, T. Manne, T. Pulsford, E. White and A. Chappell 2007 The Archaeology of Montebello Islands, North-West Australia: Late Quaternary foragers on an arid coastline. BAR International Series 1668.
Hemming, S., D. Rigney, L.A. Wallis, T. Trevorrow, M. Rigney and G. Trevorrow 2007 Caring for Ngarrindjeri Country: collaborative research, community development and social justice. Indigenous Law Bulletin 6(27):6-8.
Domett, K.M., L.A. Wallis, D. Kynuna, A. Kynuna and H. Smith 2006 Late Holocene human remains from northwest Queensland, Australia: Archaeology and palaeopathology. Archaeology in Oceania 41:25-36.
Taylor, L., G.K. Ward, G. Henderson, R. Davis and L.A. Wallis (eds) 2005 The Power of Knowledge The Resonance of Tradition. Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra.
Hiscock, P. and L.A. Wallis 2005 Pleistocene settlement of deserts from an Australian perspective. In P. Veth, M. Smith and P. Hiscock (eds) Desert Peoples: Archaeological Perspectives. Blackwell Publishers, pp. 34-57.
Wallis, L.A., D. Smith and H. Smith 2004 Recent archaeological surveys on Middle Park Station, northwest Queensland. Australian Archaeology 59:43-50.
Wallis, L.A., H. Smith and D. Smith 2004 Investigations of Aboriginal hearth sites along the Flinders River, inland northwest Queensland. The Artefact 27:59-76.
Wallis, L.A. 2003 An overview of phytolith production patterns in selected northwest Australian flora. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 125:210-48
Wallis, L.A. 2003 Phytoliths and other microfossils in tufa formations as a novel source of palaeoenvironmental data. In D.M. Hart and L.A. Wallis (eds) Proceedings of the State-of-the-Art in Phytolith and Starch Research in the Australian, Pacific and South East Asian Regions. pp.31-42. Pandanus Press: The Australian National University
Wallis, L.A. and D.M. Hart 2003 The history of phytolith researchers in Australia. In D.M. Hart and L.A. Wallis (eds) Proceedings of the State-of-the-Art in Phytolith and Starch Research in the Australian, Pacific and South East Asian Regions. pp.1-17. Pandanus Press: The Australian National University.
Clarkson, C. and L.A. Wallis 2003 The search for El Nino/Southern Oscillation in archaeological sites: recent results from Jugali-Ya rockshelter, Wardaman Country. In D.M. Hart and L.A. Wallis (eds) Proceedings of the State-of-the-Art in Phytolith and Starch Research in the Australian, Pacific and South East Asian Regions. pp.137-52. Pandanus Press: The Australian National University.
Hart, D.M. and L.A. Wallis (eds) 2003 Proceedings of the State-of-the-Art in Phytolith and Starch Research in the Australian, Pacific and South East Asian Regions. Pandanus Press: The Australian National University.
Wallis, L.A. 2002 AMS dates and palaeoenvironmental data from mud wasp and bird nests at Carpenter’s Gap 1, northern Australia. Australian Archaeology 55:35-9.
Wallis, L.A. 2001 Environmental history of northwest Australia based on phytolith analysis at Carpenter’s Gap 1. Quaternary International 83-85:103-17.
Bowdery, D.B., D. Hart, C. Lentfer and L.A. Wallis 2001 A universal phytolith key. In J.D. Meunier and F. Colin (eds) Phytoliths: Applications in Earth Science and Human History. pp. 267-78. Rotterdam: A.A. Balkema Publishers.
Veth, P., S. O’Connor and L.A. Wallis 2000 Perspectives on ecological approaches in Australian archaeology. Australian Archaeology 50:54-66.
Wallis, L.A. and S. O’Connor 1998 Residues on points from Widgingarri Shelter 2, western Kimberley. In R. Fullagar (ed.) A Closer Look: Recent Australian Studies of Stone Tools, pp.149-178. Sydney: Archaeological Computing Laboratory, School of Archaeology, University of Sydney. Sydney University Archaeological Methods Series 6.