Dr Fiona Petchey

Fiona Petchey

Senior Research Fellow; Deputy Director

Qualifications: MA(Hons) Anthropology Auckland, DPhil Waikato

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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.

Recent Publications

  • Verpoorte, A., Cosgrove, R., Wood, R., Petchey, F., Lenoble, A., Chadelle, J. P., . . . Roebroeks, W. (2019). Improving the chronological framework for Laugerie-Haute Ouest (Dordogne, France). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 23, 574-582. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.11.017

  • David, B., Delannoy, J. -J., Mialanes, J., Clarkson, C., Petchey, F., Geneste, J. -M., . . . Castets, G. (2019). 45,610–52,160 years of site and landscape occupation at Nawarla Gabarnmang, Arnhem Land plateau (northern Australia). Quaternary Science Reviews, 215, 64-85. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.04.027

  • 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

  • Davies, H. L., Simeon, O. B., Hope, G., Petchey, F., & Davies, J. M. (2019). Past major tsunamis and the level of tsunami risk on the Aitape coast of Papua New Guinea. Natural Hazards. doi:10.1007/s11069-019-03585-5

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Anthropology; Radiocarbon Dating

Archaeological science

Contact Details

Room: C.G.01A
Phone: +64 7 838 4278