Dr Sheahan Bestel

Dr Sheahan Bestel is a heritage advisor with over twenty years experience in archaeology and cultural heritage management. She completed her PhD in botanical archaeology and stone tool analyses at Monash University researching the origins of agriculture in Northern China through an analysis of plant remains. Sheahan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in archaeology) degree and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in botany from La Trobe University. She also holds a Diploma of Languages in Chinese from La Trobe University. Sheahan has undertaken cultural heritage fieldwork in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales and has also worked as a consultant archaeologist in coastal and inland regions of the Pilbara and in Papua New Guinea. She has published numerous articles in international journals.

While completing her PhD, Sheahan was a visiting scholar and laboratory health and safety manager at Stanford University in the USA (2010-2012). She worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada (2013-2014), and as a research associate at the University of Exeter (2014-2015), United Kingdom, where she taught classes in paleobotany and forensic archaeology and residue or trace analyses. While an assistant professor at the University of Sichuan in Chengdu, China (2016-2018) she taught archaeological science classes which focused on microfossils, residue and use-wear analyses of artefacts including lithics. Her international cultural heritage experience includes archaeological fieldwork in remote Australia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and the United Kingdom.