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Dr Alan Lane 


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 Unversity 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.