Position: Deputy Director, Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, Field: Radiocarbon dating, Organisation: University of Waikato
Dr Fiona Petchey is deputy director of the Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory based at the University of Waikato. Currently, her research is focused on the dating of bone and shell from sites in New Zealand and the Pacific, specifically marine reservoir collections and the influence of diet on human bone C-14.
Recent excavations of the Wairau Bar archaeological site in Blenheim have revealed ancient moa bone fragments, marine shells and charcoal from fires. The lab is currently dating samples of these finds.
Having trained in archaeology and geology at the University of Auckland, Fiona obtained her PhD in radiocarbon dating at Waikato University. She has undertaken research investigating Lapita age sites in the Pacific.
Fiona is responsible for sample pretreatment, the accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) laboratories and liaison with submitters.
This article is based on information current in 2009.