A leading voice in archaeology is encouraging others to research the nation's past, writes Carolyn Rance.
When David Johnston was 11, he became excited about exploring caves near his home. His mother suggested he could be an archaeologist when he grew up. He's never considered doing anything else!
As one of the first Indigenous Australians to gain a degree in archaeology – he graduated with honours from ANU in 1989 and later completed a master's in London – he has worked across eastern Australia from Cape York to Point Nepean in Boonwurrung country, south of Melbourne.
Conserving the nation's Aboriginal heritage is his passion. Now working in consultancy, he is a former research fellow at the Canberra-based Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), where he is a member of the research ethics committee.
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