Improving the radiocarbon dating technique

Research undertaken at the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists worldwide, has included investigations into improving the accuracy and precision of radiocarbon dates close to the limits of the technique and testing new and improved pretreatment processes.

Selected publications:

  • David B, J-J Delannoy, J Mialanes, C Clarkson, F Petchey, J-M Geneste, T Manne, MI Bird, B Barker, T Richards, E Chalmin, & G Castets, 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.
  • Petchey F, G Clark, I Lindeman, P O’Day, J Southon, K Dabell, & O Winter, 2018. Shellfish Isotopic insight into changing sea-level and associated impact on the first settlers of the Mariana Archipelago. Quaternary Geochronology, 48:180-194:
  • Petchey F, M Spriggs, S Bedford, F Valentin, & H Buckley, 2014. Direct radiocarbon dating of burials from the Teouma Lapita cemetery, Efate, Vanuatu. Journal of Archaeological Science, 50:227-242; doi:10.1016/j.jas.2014.07.002.
  • Quiles A, H Valladas, J-M Geneste, J Clottes, D Baffier, B Berthier, F Brock, C Bronk Ramsey, E Delque-Količ, J-P Dumoulin, I Hajdas, K Hippe, GWL Hodgins, A Hogg, AJT Jull, E Kaltnecker, M de Martino, C Oberlin, F Petchey,  P Steier, H-A Synal, J Van der Plicht, EM Wild, & A Zazzo, 2014. Second radiocarbon inter-comparison programme for the Chauvet Cave, Ardèche, France. Radiocarbon, 56(2):833-850; doi:10.2458/56.16940.
  • Vandergoes MJ, AG Hogg, DJ Lowe, RM Newnham, GH Denton, J Southon, DJA Barrell, M Blaauw, CJN Wilson, MS McGlone, A Allan, PC Almond, F Petchey, K Dabell, & AC Dieffenbacher-Krall, 2011. A revised age for the Kawakawa/Oruanui tephra, a key marker for the Last Glacial Maximum in New Zealand. Quaternary Science Reviews, 74:195-201:doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.11.006.