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Dr Fiona Petchey

Senior Research Fellow

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.

Research Supervised

PhD

  • McBride, Rowan (in progress).The chronology of Waikato wetland pā. (Supervisor).
  • Lauren Linnenlucke (in progress). Applying chronometric quality standards to evaluate the reliability of data from archaeological sites in Torres Strait. James Cook University. (International Supervisor).
  • Mojca Zega (in progress). Deep sand time capsules: past environmental records from sediments surrounding Gledswood Shelter 1, Northwest Queensland, Australia. James Cook University. (International Supervisor).

MSc (Research)

  • Milson, Catherine (in progress). Reliable ages from archaeological shells from hard water environments using micro-carbon dating.

Teaching Commitments

Expertise

Anthropology; Radiocarbon Dating

Archaeological science

Recent Publications

  • Roberts, G. L., Mullett, R., David, B., Fresløv, J., Mialanes, J., Petchey, F., . . . Russell, L. (2020). Community research in a public place: Wangangarra 1 rockshelter, Mitchell River National Park, East Gippsland (Australia). Australian Archaeology, 22 pages. doi:10.1080/03122417.2020.1769250

  • Delannoy, J. J., David, B., Fresløv, J., Mullett, R., GunaiKurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation., Green, H., . . . Wong, V. N. L. (2020). Geomorphological context and formation history of Cloggs Cave: What was the cave like when people inhabited it?. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 33, 34 pages. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102461 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/13859

  • Wacker, L., Scott, E. M., Bayliss, A., Brown, D., Bard, E., Bollhalder, S., . . . Tuna, T. (2020). Findings from an in-depth annual tree-ring radiocarbon intercomparison. Radiocarbon, 62(4), 873-882. doi:10.1017/rdc.2020.49

  • 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

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Contact Details

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