Mr James Wheeler

Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Archaeology & Anthropology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeology 2101
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Archaeology 210101
  • Heritage And Cultural Conservation 210202

Research interests

  • the archaeology of submerged terrestrial sites
  • non-site landscape archaeology
  • cultural values mapping
  • strategic heritage planning
  • heritage policy
  • cultural heritage management 


Jim Wheeler is an Executive Director at Extent Heritage Pty Ltd and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, CASS Australian National University.

Jim is a senior cultural heritage advisor, archaeologist and manager with diverse experience in cultural heritage management, strategic planning, heritage policy, stakeholder consultation, cultural values engagement, interpretation and heritage assessment projects. He has wide ranging experience on public sector, commercial and academic archaeology projects in Australia and internationally. Jim has a range of research interests and has published peer reviewed journal articles and presented conference papers on the archaeology of submerged terrestrial sites, non-site landscape archaeology, cultural values mapping and heritage policy. Jim leads an experienced team of heritage professionals that produces innovative high quality heritage work that provides certainty and value for money for development proponents and aims to set industry benchmarks for excellence. Jim was a past member of the Aboriginal Affairs Victoria Technical Advisory Group (TAG), he is a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc (AACAI) and Australian ICOMOS (MICOMOS), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jim was awarded the 2010 Laila Haglund Prize for Excellence in Consulting Archaeology.

Jim was a 2019 ICCROM Research Fellow at ICCROM in Rome.

Researcher's projects

  • Wheeler, J (2020) Mapping the Cultural Values of Pallasgreen and Templebraden. An ICCROM Fellowship Research Project. In Grean, Pallasgreen and Templebraden Historical Society Journal, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.
  • Wheeler, J (2016) From 'grudge purchase'? to valued asset: why compliance is no longer enough and we need to provide work that has value and meaning.
  • Nutley, D. C. Coroneos & Wheeler, J (2014) Potential Submerged Aboriginal Site in South West Arm, Port Hacking, NSW, Australia. In Harff, J., Bailey,G. & Luth, F. (eds) Geology and Archaeology: Submerged Landscapes of the Continental Shelf.
  • Wheeler, J. A.N. Williams, S.Kennedy, P.S. Toms and Mitchell, P. (2014) A Pleistocene Date at Chelsea Heights, Victoria: Evidence of Aboriginal Occupation Beneath the Carrum Swamp. Proceedings of the Victorian Archaeological Colloquium 2014
  • Cosmos Coroneos & Jim Wheeler (2005) Beyond 6000 BP – Investigating Submerged Aboriginal Sites: A Case Study from Southwest Arm, NSW. Australian Archaeology Association 2005 Annual Conference, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle
  • Cosmos Coroneos, David Nutley & Jim Wheeler (2007) Identifying Submerged Rockshelter Sites: Recent Investigations at Southwest Arm, NSW. Australasian Archaeology Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • Jim Wheeler, Sharon Lane, Paul Irish and Alyssa Gilchrist (2010). Dumbing-Down ? The Push Towards Prescription and the Future Direction of Archaeological Consulting. Australian Archaeology Association 2010 Annual Conference, ANU, Batemans Bay, NSW.
  • Wheeler, J. (1998) Dharawal Rockshelters, Food Plants and an Australian Version of the Rubbish-Heap Hypothesis. Proceedings of the 1998 NASC Conference, Australian National University, Canberra


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