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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

  • Manne, T., David, B., Petchey, F., Leavesley, M., Roberts, G., Szabó, K., . . . Richards, T. (2020). How long have dogs been in Melanesia? New evidence from Caution Bay, south coast of Papua New Guinea. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 30. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102255

  • Lam, T. M. D., Nguyen, T. T., Tran, T. K. Q., Bellwood, P., Higham, C., Petchey, F., . . . Piper, P. J. (2020). Ru Diep and the Quynh Van culture of central Vietnam. Archaeological Research in Asia. doi:10.1016/j.ara.2020.100190

  • O'Regan, G., Petchey, F., Wood, R., McAlister, A., Bradshaw, F., & Holdaway, S. (2019). Dating South Island Māori rock art: Pigment and pitfalls. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 24, 132-141. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.12.009

  • Petchey, F., & Kirch, P. V. (2019). The importance of shell: Redating of the To’aga site (Ofu Island, Manu'a) and a revised chronology for the Lapita to Polynesian Plainware transition in Tonga and Sāmoa. PLOS ONE, 14(9), e0211990. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0211990

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Contact Details

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