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Dr Alan Lane 


Alan Lane and Ewan Campbell (2001) Dunadd, the Site Archive. Series: Cardiff Studies in Archaeology. Cardiff University School of Archaeology and History.

Abstract - This  volume provides the stratigraphic and finds information to support the arguments presented in the Dunadd monograph Dunadd An Early Dalriadic Capital (2000).  It contains detailed context descriptions, lists of finds and concordances.  Finds lists and specialist reports are presented on various finds categories.  Analysis on iron metallurgy, charcoals, pollen soils and other materials are presented. This can also be consulted at the excavation website.


Alan Lane and Ewan Campbell (2000) Dunadd An Early Dalriadic Capital. Series: Cardiff Studies in Archaeology. Oxbow.

Abstract - This is a detailed report on my excavations at the nuclear fort of Dunadd in Argyll. It has been long regarded as the capital of the Dal Riata, the first Scottish kingdom. 

The report outlines the evidence for the multiphase use of the site from the Iron Age to the medieval period while demonstrating its major defensive phases in the 6th to 9th or 10th centuries AD.  The rich finds assemblages are reported and the evidence synthesised with the historical sources to demonstrate that the site is probably the major royal site of the early Scottish kingdom.  The site has the finest assemblage of early medieval moulds and crucibles and the report and discussion of the non ferrous metalworking evidence is of international significance.


Alan Lane and Ewan Campbell (1994) Excavations at Longbury Bank, Dyfed. Medieval Archaeology. Vol 38, pp 15-77.

Abstract - Longbury Bank, Dyfed is a native British early medieval settlement occupied in the sixth and seventh centuries AD.  The excavations in 1988-9 produced a series of artefacts which provide evidence of high status: imported Mediterranean pottery; continental pottery and glass; fine metalworking debris; and an unusual Type G penannular brooch.  The site is unusual in being undefended and it is suggested that it belongs to a newly-recognised class of undefended high status secular sites, other possible examples of which are discussed.  The site is placed in its historical and landscape context through the use of pre-Norman and later documentation which appears to show a major shift in settlement in the eighth or ninth centuries.  Extensive medieval plough damage makes interpretation of the function of the site problematic, but it was the most important native British site of this period to have been published since Dinas Powys (1963).


Nancy Edwards and Alan Lane (1999) Early Medieval Settlements in Wales. Research Centre Wales.

Abstract - This is a critical discussion of the settlement sites with evidence for early medieval occupation in Wales.  Each site is discussed separately with contributions from a number of specialists.  Many sites were described by the authors and the entire volume was edited by Edwards and Lane but with draft entries from a number of specialists.

This volume provided a base line for modern research and subsequent excavation.