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Dr Alan Lane

Dr Alan Lane

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 (0)29 2087 5627
4.14, John Percival Building


Research interests

  • Celtic West
  • Early medieval settlements
  • Pre-Norman Wales
  • Pre-Norman Scotland
  • Viking Age Britain and Ireland
  • Early medieval artefacts
  • Hebridean ceramics

Research projects

  • Hebridean ceramics
  • Early medieval settlements in the Wales
  • Llangorse Crannog
  • Early medieval artefacts in the Celtic West


Education and qualifications

  • 1970-74 University of Glasgow
  • 1974MA in Archaeology and Scottish History
  • 1975-78 University College, London
  • 1983 PhD awarded: Dark Age and Viking Age Pottery in the Hebrides

Career overview

  • 1974-75 Archaeology fieldwork for Edinburgh University, Glasgow University, Oxford Archaeology Unit, Clwyd-Powys Trust.
  • 1978-79 Part-time lecturer in Archaeology, University of Glasgow
  • 1979-present Lecturer in Post-Roman Archaeology, Cardiff University
  • 1988 Lecturer scale B in 1988
  • 200? Senior lecturer

Professional memberships

FSA, FSA Scot.






  • Lane, A. M. 2012. Pottery. In: Sharples, N. M. ed. A Late Iron Age Farmstead in the Outer Hebrides Excavations at Mound 1, Bornais, South Uist. Cardiff Studies in Archaeology Oxford: Oxbow Books


  • Lane, A. M. 2010. A Viking-age and Norse pottery in the Hebrides. Presented at: 15th Viking Congress, Cork, Ireland, 18-27 August 2005 Presented at Sheehan, J. and Corrain, D. eds.The Viking Age: Ireland and the West. Proceedings of the 15th Viking Congress, Cork, 2005. Dublin: Four Courts pp. 204-216.







Undergraduate year one

  • Post Roman and Medieval Britain - 10 credits (HS2104)

Undergraduate year two/three

  • Post-Roman Celtic Britain - 20 credits (HS2340)
  • Viking Britain and Ireland - 10 credits (HS2310)
  • Surveying and Prospection - 10 credits (HS2314)

Postgraduate MA

  • Post-Roman
  • Viking


Hebridean ceramics

This is an ongoing programme of research aimed at elucidating the chronology, nature and meaning of ceramic use in the Hebrides from the early Iron Age to the medieval period. The project is funded by Cardiff University and other bodies.

Early medieval settlements in the Wales

The archaeology of early medieval period is very poorly understood in much of the Celtic West. Since 1979 I have been working in conjunction with other colleagues in Wales to elucidate the nature of the settlement archaeology in Wales for the period c400-1100.  As part of this work some analysis of ecclesiastical sites has been undertaken. The project aims to locate and excavate possible early medieval sites with a view to providing reliable information about the settlement history of Wales. The initial task is to finish publication of the Coed y gaer hillfort.  New work has begun on the site of Dinas Powys, Glamorgan.

Llangorse Crannog

The site at Llangorse in Powys is the only crannog known from the British Isles outside Scotland and Ireland.  Excavation demonstrated that it dates to the late 9th and early 10th century.  This allows it to be identified as a royal site of the kings of Brecon which was destroyed by a Mercian army in 915. The project is funded by the National Museum of Wales and other bodies. The aim of the project is to bring the excavations to full publication including specialist reports on the artefact and in particular the unique carbonised decorated textiles recovered.

Early medieval artefacts in the Celtic West

The study of the Celtic West in the early medieval period has been hampered by poor chronological resolution of the artefact sequences. The aim of this work in conjunction with PhD students and outside collaborators has been to define the artefact sequences in the area and to refine the chronological and cultural information to be drawn from them.