Holly Jones-Amin is a Senior Conservator at the University of Melbourne’s GCCMC and manages the Objects consultancy program.  She is a foundation lecturer and tutor for the Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation, in which she lectured, tutored and coordinated subjects into for over 11 years (2004 – 2014). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, The University of Sydney (1994), and BAppSc. in Conservation of Cultural Material, University of Canberra (1997). Holly joined the centre in 2004.

Holly has extensive experience working as a Conservator in Australia, the Middle East, Southeast and central Asia and was previously employed at Artlab Australia (1996-2001), and the Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore (2001-2003) and conducted materials conservation on archaeological sites in Italy (1993), Syria – Jebel Khalid (1996-2001) and the Republic of Georgia – Chobareti (2013-2014, 2016).

Holly has a high level of objects conservation experience working on all materials from contemporary plastic to ancient archaeological artefacts. She has worked on significant Australian indigenous material and played a pivotal conservation role in exhibition management, treatment and installation of works in previous places of employment. Exhibition management requires high skills in organisation, conservation and interpersonal communication.

Holly has specialist skills in the treatment of archaeological and objects from indigenous and world cultures. Her research interests include stabilisation and identification of degradation mechanisms of porous archaeological ceramic and examining how we respect cultural belief systems in the museum setting.

Holly has a quarantine accreditation, having completed the Quarantine Approved Premises for Accredited Persons (Classes 2 to 8).

Holly is currently undertaking a PhD part time at the University of Monash investigating conservation and degradation of low fired Lapita and post Lapita archaeological ceramics from Caution Bay PNG.


Australian Institute of Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)

International Institute of Conservation (IIC)

International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC)

Australian Archaeological Association (AAA)

Indo Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA)

European Archaeological Association


  • 2017 Monash University Travel Grant Award
  • 2017 RTP Stipend (Scholarship)
  • 2013 GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM PhD scholarship (Partial ARC funded project, South Coast of Papua New Guinea Project cultural materials conservation)
  • 2006 Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant


Book Chapters (*refereed)

  • *Jones-Amin H.. 2018. ‘Conservation of archaeological ceramics’, in Context and Connection: Essays on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honour of Antonio Sagona, edited by Batmaz, A., Bedianashvili, G., Michalewicz, A. and Robinson, A.
  • *David, B., Richards T., McNiven I., Mialanes J., Aplin K., Petchey F., Peck H., Asmussen B., Ulm S., Szab√≥ K., Jones-Amin H., Faulkner P., Perrette C., Rowe C., Leavesley M., and Barker M. 2016. 'The Caution Bay Project Field and Laboratory Methods',  Archaeological research at Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea: Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Setting, edited by  Richards T., David B.,  Aplin K., and McNiven I. J. Archeopress, pp 145-176.
  • *Atkinson H, Couzens V., Darroch L, Grieves G., Hamilton S., Jones-Amin H., Nicholson M., and Reynolds A. 2017 “Wrapped in Country”: Conserving and Representing Possum-Skin Cloaks as In/tangible Heritage’, Refashioning and Redress: Conserving and Displaying Dress, edited by Brooks), M., and Eastop D. Getty Conservation Institute, pp 49-64.
  • *David B., McNiven I., Jones-Amin H., Connaughton S.P., Parkinson C., Rowe C., Richards T, Leavesley M., Barker B., Mandui H., Campanelli G., Flood N. 2013. ‘Three reconstructed Lapita plainware pots from Caution Bay, south coast of mainland Papua New Guinea’, Pacific Archaeology: Documenting the Past 550,000 years Papers from the 2011 Lapita Pacific Archaeology Conference, pp. 157-170.

Journal Articles (*refereed publications)

  • *Jones-Amin H., 2016. ‘Jigsaw-Reconstructing the Ruisasi 1 Incised Pot’, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, Volume 7, Number 1, pp. 61-73
  • *David B., Jones-Amin H., Richards T., Mialanes J., Asmussen B., Petchey F., Aplin K., Leavesley M., McNiven I. J., Zetzmann C., Rowe C., Skelly R., Jenkins R., Faulkner P., Ulm S., 2016, ‘Ruisasi 1 and the Earliest Evidence fo Mass-produced Ceramics in Caution Bay (Port Moresby Region), Papua New Guinea’, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, Volume 7, Number 1, pp. 41-60.
  • *David, B., Aplin K., Peachy, F., Skelly, R., Mialanes, J., Jones-Amin, H., Stanisic, J., Barker, B., Lamb, L., Kumukumu 1, a hilltop site in the Aird Hills: Implications for occupational trends and dynamics in the Kikori River delta, south coast of Papua New Guinea, Quaternary International (2014),
  • *Jones-Amin, H., Tan, H., & Tee, A. 2006. 'Gamelan: can a conservation conceived protocol protect it spiritually in a museum? Studies in Conservation, 51(Supplement-2), 138-143.

Conference Proceedings (*refereed publications)

  • Jones-Amin, H. 2017. ‘Telling the whole story found on the outside and inside of the ceramic artefact; Island to inland connections across land and sea, AAA conference 2017, 6-8 December, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Jones-Amin, H. 2017. ‘Adhesives in archaeology: what to use and what not to use’; ARCAS (Australian Research Cluster for Archaeological Science): Horizons in Australian Archaeometry (AAA preconference workshop); 5 December, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Jones-Amin, H. 2017. ‘Repairing skeletons using conservation materials and methods’; Australian Institute for Anatomical Sciences, 27 November: The University of Melbourne.
  • Jones-Amin, H. 2017. ‘Caution at Caution Bay: How material conservation techniques can improve our understanding of the fabrication, use and deterioration of Melanesian low-fired ceramic assemblages’; CABAH annual symposium, 6-9 November, Wollongong University.
  • Jones-Amin, H., Oudeman, T. 2017. ‘Look After that Sherd because we are yet to discover its full story’, First Aid for Finds Session; European Archaeology Association, 30 August-3 September, Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Jones-Amin, H. 2017. ‘Piecing together and stabilizing the Hellenistic past: Archaeological field conservation in Syria’. Syria: Ancient History –Modern Conflict Symposium, 11th-13th August: The University of Melbourne.
  • *Jones-Amin, H. 2014. Conservation of low fired Caution Bay archaeological ceramics. In Press ICOM-CC 17thTriennial Meeting / Conference Preprints, Melbourne, 15th- 19th September 2014: ICOM Committee for Conservation.
  • *Jones-Amin, H. , Nicholson M., and Ewen S., 2014. A protocol of use and preservation of a new traditional possum skin cloak used in University ceremonies. In Press ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Meeting / Conference Preprints, Melbourne, 15th- 19th September 2014: ICOM Committee for Conservation.
  • *Nel, P., Noake, E., Jones-Amin, H., McKenna E. 2014. Identification of and issues associated with finding polystyrene repairs on archaeological pottery. In Press ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Meeting / Conference Preprints, Melbourne, 15th- 19th September 2014: ICOM Committee for Conservation.
  • Jones-Amin H., David B., McNiven I.,  Richards T, Leavesley M. 2014. Jones-Amin H., David B., McNiven I.,  Richards T, Leavesley M. 2014. 'The Ruisasi 1 sherd midden, Caution Bay, Port Moresby', General session. Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association conference, Siem Reap.
  • Jones-Amin, H. 2011. 'Conservation of Lapita pots from Caution Bay, south coast of Papua New Guinea,' Australian Archaeological Conference 2011 – Session; The new Lapita: southern Papua New Guinea and Torres Strait:University of Southern Queensland.
  • *Nel, P., Jones-Amin, H., Jamieson, A., Sloggett, R.J., and Sagona, A.G. 2010. 'New Conservation education and research roles for a Cypriot pottery Collection', Museums Australia National Conference; pp.129-135.
  • *Jones-Amin H. 2008. 'The Gamelan: Melding Conservation Issues with Javanese Spiritual Beliefs' Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence, 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Parkville, Australia: University of Melbourne.
  • *Jones-Amin, H., Tan, H., and Tee, A. 'Gamelan – can a conservation conceived protocol protect it spiritually in a museum?' IIC The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries, Contributions to the Munich Congress, 28 August – 1 September 2006, pp.138 - 143.
  • Jones-Amin, H., and Scott M. 'A New Beginning; Masters by Coursework and Minor Thesis (Cultural Materials Conservation)' AICCM objects SIG Symposium & Workshop 2005 Polymers & Synthetic Materials and other general conservation sessions, pp.102 – 108.

Press Articles

  • Jones-Amin, H. 'Gamelan & Spirits Developing a Protocol for their Care', AICCM National Newsletter, No 87 June 2003, pp.1-5.
  • Jones, H. 'A Museum Expo!', AICCM National Newsletter, No 81 December 2001, pp.1-4.
  • Jones, H. 'Artlab: Hazardous Material found in Collections Community History', The History Trust of South Australia Magazine, Volume 10 Number 3 September 2000, pp.6-7.


  • CUMC40005 Conservation Assessment and Treatment 1
  • CUMC90005 Conservation Assessment and Treatment 2
  • CUMC40003 Introduction to Materials and Techniques (Sessional Lecture)
  • CUMC40002 Respect (2010 Coordinator, tutor)
  • CUMC 40007 Materials and Techniques of Artefacts (Sessional Lecture)
  • CUMC 90006 Conservation Internship (2007 Subject Coordinator 2)
  • CUMC 40004 Preventive Conservation (2004 – 2007 Sessional Lecture)
  • 038 Graduate Certificate in Art Conservation Studies Course 2004-2007, 2010 (Sessional lecture: 'Ethics and Practical Issues of Care and Conservation of Non Western Material' (Lecture)
  • N11AA Graduate Certificate in Authentication (Sessional tutorial: 2005-2007, 2009: 12.5 Issues in Art Fraud; Identifying metal)
  • ANCW30023 Practical Archaeology (Sessional Lecture: Archaeological Conservation)


Holly supervises postgraduates, most notably when conservation technical treatment is undertaken as part of the conservation research project.

Minor thesis by coursework (research support):

Sofia Lo Bianco, ‘Limewash coatings on archaeological wall painting fragments: issues associated with pigment characterisation, conservation treatment and contamination’.\

Reyhane Mirabootalebi, ‘Investigation of deterioration and conservation of highly degraded limestone antiquities in indoor environments.'

Stephanie Smith, ‘Archaeology and Conservation Frameworks, codes and practices in Australian archaeological conservation.’

Eliza McKenna, ‘Investigating the presence of polystyrene on archaeological pottery, A case study on vessels from the University of Melbourne Cypriot Pottery Collection.’

Marica Music, ‘Examination and conservation of an Egyptian mummified human head from the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology.’

Madeline Leishman, ‘The conservation treatment and community consultation regarding a WWI honour board from Inverleigh, Victoria, Australia.’