Dr. Alice Buhrich is a widely respected senior archaeologist and cultural heritage consultant based in tropical north Queensland. In 2017, Alice was awarded a PhD and became an Adjunct Researcher at James Cook University.

As a Senior Archaeologist, Alice manages cultural heritage projects in Cape York Peninsula, Gulf savannah and tropical north Queensland coastal locations.

Alice's work as a consultant includes:
- archaeological survey and reporting

- values assessments for land and water 
- documenting oral history through semi structured interviews
- assessing significance of heritage places
- reporting in formats appropriate to community groups including posters, powerpoint presentation and DVD
- grant writing
- on-country cultural heritage training, specifically for ranger groups
- establishing systems for managing cultural heritage information.

Alice's ongoing research interests include rock art management, dendroglyphs (carved trees) of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, impacts to Indigenous heritage from climate change, managing cultural heritage and mineral exploration and effects of government policy on the preservation of Queensland’s cultural heritage.


James Cook University 

PhD, Archaeology 2013 - 2017

University of New England (AU)

B. Arts (Hons), Australian Archaeology 1996 - 2001


James Cook University 

Dean's Award for Excellence 2018 for her PhD thesis, Art and identity: Aboriginal rock art and dendroglyphs of Queensland's Wet Tropics.

About the logo

Alice's logo was created by talented artist, Petra Buhrich, and represents the seed pods of the grevillea glauca tree (aka bushman's clothes pegs or beefwood). The seeds are paper-thin wafers that are wind dispersed when a small slit on the pod opens in response to heat and fire.

Grevillea glauca has a hard, dark reddy brown timber, which was used to make boomerangs and other items. Grevillea glauca is native to the open forest and woodlands of NE Australia, where Alice conducts most of her work. It has gorgeous fluffy cream flowers from April to August, which is also the best time for fieldwork in FNQ.