Fiona Petchey

Fiona Petchey

Qualifications: MA(Hons) Anthropology (Auckland), DPhil (Waikato)

Dr Fiona Petchey was trained in archaeology and geology at the University of Auckland, and obtained her PhD in radiocarbon dating at Waikato University. She has undertaken research investigating Lapita age sites across the Pacific. Currently, her research is focused on the dating of bone and shell, specifically marine reservoir corrections and the influence of diet on human bone 14C. She is responsible for the accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) laboratories.

Selected publications:

  • Carvalho, AF, F Petchey, in press. Stable isotope evidence of Neolithic Palaeodiets in the coastal regions of southern Portugal. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.
  • Petchey F, S Ulm, B David, IJ McNiven, B Asmussen, H Tomkins, N Dolby, K Aplin, T Richards, C Rowe, M Leavesley and H Mandui, 2013. High-resolution radiocarbon dating of marine materials in archaeological contexts: Radiocarbon marine reservoir variability between Anadara, Gafrarium, Batissa, Polymesoda and Echinoidea at Caution Bay, Southern Coastal Papua New Guinea. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 5(1):69-80.
  • David B, J-M Geneste, F Petchey, J-J Delannoy, B Barker, M Eccleston, 2013. How old are Australia's pictographs? A review of rock art dating. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40:3-10.
  • David, B, B Barker, F Petchey, J-J Delannoy, J-M Geneste, C Rowe, M Eccleston, L Lamb, R Whear, 2013. A 28,000 year old excavated painted rock from Nawarla Gabarnmang, northern Australia. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40:2493-2501. Download
  • Nunn, PD, F Petchey 2013. Bayesian re-evaluation of Lapita settlement in Fiji: radiocarbon analysis of the Lapita settlement at Bourewa and nearby sites on the Rove Peninsula, Viti Levu Island. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 4(2):21-34.
  • Clark, G, F Petchey, S Hawkins, C Reepmeyer, I Smith, WB Masse, 2013. Distribution and extirpation of pigs in Pacific Islands: a case study from Palau. Archaeology in Oceania. doi: 10.1002/arco.5012.
  • Petchey F, S Ulm, 2012. Marine reservoir variation in the Bismarck region. An evaluation of spatial and temporal variation in ΔR and R over the last 3000 years. Radiocarbon 54(1):145-58.
  • Petchey F, G Clark, 2011. Tongatapu Hardwater: Investigation into the 14C marine reservoir offset in lagoon, reef and open ocean environments of a limestone island. Quaternary Geochronology, 6:539-549.
  • Petchey F, M Spriggs, F Leach, M Seed, C Sand, M Pietrusewsky, K Anderson, 2011. Testing the human factor: Radiocarbon dating the first peoples of the South Pacific. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38:29-44.
  • Petchey F, and G. Clark, 2010. A ∆R for the Palau Islands: An evaluation of extant and new ∆R values and their application to archaeological deposits at Ulong. Journal of Island Archaeology. In press.
  • Petchey, F, D Addison, A McAlister, 2010. Re-interpreting old dates: Radiocarbon determinations from the Tokelau Islands (South Pacific). Journal of Pacific Archaeology 1(2):161-167.
  • Law W.B., D.N. Cropper, F. Petchey, 2010. Djadjiling rockshelter: 35,000 years of Aboriginal occupation in the Pibara, Western Australia. Australian Archaeology, 70:68-71.
  • Petchey, F., MS Allen, D Addison, A Anderson, 2009. Stability in the South Pacific surface marine 14C reservoir over the last 750 years. Evidence from American Samoa, the southern Cook Islands and the Marquesas. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36:2234-2243.
  • Petchey F., A. Anderson, A. Hogg, A. Zondervan, 2008. The marine reservoir effect in the Southern Ocean: an evaluation of extant and new ∆R values and their application to archaeological chronologies. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 38(4): 243-262.
  • Petchey F., A. Anderson, A. Zondervan, S. Ulm, A. Hogg. New Marine ∆R values for the South Pacific Subtropical Gyre Region. Radiocarbon 50(3):373-397.
  • Petchey, F. and D. Addison, 2008. Radiocarbon dating marine shell in Samoa - A review. Recent Advances in the Archaeology of the Fiji/West-Polynesia Region. Otago Anthropology Monograph Series. Eds D.J. Addison, T.S. Asaua, C. Sand. Dunedin: Otago University.