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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

  • McDonald, J., Reynen, W., Petchey, F., Ditchfield, K., Byrne, C., Vannieuwenhuyse, D., . . . Veth, P. (2018). Karnatukul (Serpent's Glen): A new chronology for the oldest site in Australia's Western Desert. PLOS ONE, 13(9), 35 pages. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0202511

  • Petchey, F. J. (2017). Radiocarbon dating in rock art research. In B. David, & I. J. McNiven (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190607357.013.13

  • Hogg, A. G., Gumbley, W., Boswijk, G., Petchey, F., Southon, J., Anderson, A., . . . Donaldson, L. (2017). The first accurate and precise calendar dating of New Zealand Māori Pā, using Otāhau Pā as a case study.. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 12, 124-133. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.01.032 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/10853

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Contact Details

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