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Dr Fiona Petchey

Senior Research Fellow; Deputy Director

Qualifications: MA(Hons) Anthropology Auckland, DPhil Waikato

Personal Website: www.radiocarbondating.com

Research Interests

Dr Petchey's research involves the application of radiocarbon techniques to the improvement of archaeological chronologies by the joint investigation of site taphonomy combined with sample specific radiocarbon (14C) effects in shell and bone caused by diet and environmental conditions. Her research is based on the premise that isotopic analysis (d13Ccollagen, d13Ccarbonate, d15N and d34S for bone, and d18O and d13C for shell), combined with geographic, archaeological and metabolic information, can help disentangle the mix of 14C from terrestrial and marine sources. This research has led the way in obtaining reliable calibrated radiocarbon data from Neolithic burials from Portugal and Lapita age sites in Fiji, Samoa, New Britain, Saipan and Vanuatu.

Teaching Commitments

Expertise

Anthropology; Radiocarbon Dating

Archaeological science

Recent Publications

  • Posth, C., Nägele, K., Colleran, H., Valentin, F., Bedford, S., Kami, K. W., . . . Powell, A. (2018). Language continuity despite population replacement in Remote Oceania. Nature Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0498-2

  • Littleton, J., Petchey, F., Walshe, K., & Pate, F. D. (2017). A preliminary redating of the Holocene Roonka burials, south-eastern Australia. Archaeology in Oceania, 10 pages. doi:10.1002/arco.5126 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11766

  • David, B., Delannoy, J. J., Gunn, R., Brady, L. M., Petchey, F. J., Mialanes, J., . . . Katherine, M. (2017). Determining the age of paintings at JSARN–113/23, Jawoyn Country, central-western Arnhem Land plateau. In B. David, P. S. C. Tacon, J. J. Delannoy, & J. M. Geneste (Eds.), The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia (pp. 371-422). ANU Press. doi:10.22459/TA47.11.2017 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11754

  • David, B., Delannoy, J. J., Gunn, R., Chalmin, E., Castets, G., Petchey, F., . . . Pietrzak, U. (2017). Dating painted Panel E1 at Nawarla Gabarnmang, central-western Arnhem Land plateau. In B. David, P. S. C. Tacon, J. J. Delannoy, & J. M. Geneste (Eds.), The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia (pp. 245-301). ANU Press. doi:10.22459/TA47.11.2017

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Contact Details

Email: fiona.petchey@waikato.ac.nz
Room: C.G.01A
Phone: +64 7 838 4278