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Tom Sapienza
Oct 01, 2016
Heritage Advisor / GIS Mapping

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Tom Sapienza has ten years’ experience as an archaeologist and heritage advisor, and an additional ten years’ experience as a software developer. During this time, he has worked in Australia (NSW, ACT, Vic and WA) on Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage projects, and he has also been involved in prehistoric archaeological projects in Tonga, Samoa, Tokelau and in the USA in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Tom has specialist skills in GIS analysis and cartographic design, and he focuses on creating clear and well-designed maps and on using quantitative spatial analysis to pull patterns out of archaeological datasets. He also has skills in writing and editing, which he put to use during a stint as a technical editor for the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage.

Tom is an avid proponent of clear explanations for archaeological work, and has won awards for teaching world archaeology and Aboriginal archaeology at the university level. Recent projects on which Tom has had heavy involvement include the Bathurst Regional Aboriginal Heritage Study, the Greater Macarthur/Northwest Growth Centre/Southwest Growth Centre heritage planning studies and the Windsor Bridge Replacement Project.


MA Anthropology, University of California Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Colorado State University


  • Site recording and excavation of Aboriginal and historic archaeological sites
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial analysis, modeling and cartography
  • Archaeological report preparation