Archaeological consultant in Darwin, Northern Territory
Established in Darwin in 2001, Ellengowan Enterprises is the business name for Dr. Silvano Jung, principal archaeologist. Silvano conducts cultural heritage surveys and archaeological research for both public and private sectors, throughout the Northern Territory. This work ensures that clients comply with Territory and Commonwealth heritage legislative requirements. Ellengowan Enterprises undertakes best practice archaeological recording, excavation, site assessment and mitigation. Areas of expertise include Indigenous archaeology, historical archaeology, GIS and cartography, archaeological photography and illustration, typesetting and layout for archaeological publications. More recently, aerial photogrammetry production is offered.
Consultancies often involve field surveys in remote areas either by 4 wheel drive, boat or aircraft. Ellengowan Enterprises is equipped to work independently within the Northern Territory in any environment in often challenging conditions. Silvano works with Douglas Hobbs, who has been his field assistant and mentor for the past 13 years. Alex Moss (Principal Consultant at Maritime Heritage Surveys) recently joined the team in 2022 following Doug's retirement in 2020. Ellengowan Enterprises is available for consultancy and sub-consultancy work for other projects intra and interstate. A diverse client base includes coal and iron ore mining, oil, gas, telecommunications industries and Northern Territory government departments, such as Heritage Branch, Power and Water Corporation, and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) and Department of Tourism, Trade and Industry (DITT).
Silvano’s research interests in Australian Indigenous archaeology include stone artefact resource utilisation and rock art recording. He began his seminal work in aviation archaeology on the flying boat casualties of the two Japanese air raids on Darwin and Broome.
Silvano is passionate about the maritime archaeology of the Northern Territory. Ellengowan Enterprises was named in honour of the first archaeological shipwreck study in the Northern Territory, a survey of the SS Ellengowan, wrecked in Darwin Harbour in 1888. It is the oldest located wreck in Darwin Harbour. Research on this wreck was the catalyst for Silvano to broaden his interests in archaeology from prehistory to the archaeology of the recent past.
His Master of Arts on the WWII Catalina wreck sites in Darwin Harbour was the first study of its kind to examine heritage aviation sites as an archaeological resource in the Northern Territory. This cumulated with his study in Broome, WA for his Ph.D. on an assemblage of sunken flying boats, which became the first aircraft wrecks, to be protected by heritage legislation in Australasia in 2003.