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Dr Fiona Petchey

Fiona Petchey

Associate Professor

Qualifications: MA(Hons) Anthropology Auckland, DPhil Waikato

Personal Website: www.radiocarbondating.com

Papers Taught

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.

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

  • David, B., Fresløv, J., Mullett, R., Delannoy, J. -J., McDowell, M., Urwin, C., . . . Green, H. (2021). 50 years and worlds apart: Rethinking the Holocene occupation of Cloggs Cave (East Gippsland, SE Australia) five decades after its initial archaeological excavation and in light of GunaiKurnai world views. Australian Archaeology, 20 pages. doi:10.1080/03122417.2020.1859963

  • David, B., Arnold, L. J., Delannoy, J. J., Fresløv, J., Urwin, C., Petchey, F., . . . Hellstrom, J. (2021). Late survival of megafauna refuted for Cloggs Cave, SE Australia: Implications for the Australian Late Pleistocene megafauna extinction debate. Quaternary Science Reviews, 253, 15 pages. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106781

  • 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

  • Kramer, R. T., King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Jaouen, K., Boyd, D. A., Kiko, L., . . . Kinaston, R. L. (2020). Strontium (Sr-87/Sr-86) isotope analysis of the Namu skeletal assemblage: A study of past human migration on Taumako, a Polynesian Outlier in the eastern Solomon Islands. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. doi:10.1002/ajpa.24179

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Keywords

Anthropology; Radiocarbon Dating

Archaeological science


Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: C.G.01A
Phone: +64 7 838 4278