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Department of Archaeology



I am an anthropologically and historically oriented archaeologist, who specialises in the later Holocene archaeology of sub-Saharan Africa. I have lived in and undertaken archaeological and/or ethnoarchaeological research in Mali, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana and I have also undertaken field research in South Sudan. I anticipate launching new projects soon in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Senegal, Nigeria and Zambia. My interests include landscape historical ecology, the archaeology of colonial encounters, the use and role of analogy in archaeological interpretation, the materialisation of memory, maritime archaeology, and the transition to food production in Africa. I am a former Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and former President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, and before joining the department I was Professor of Global Archaeology at Uppsala University, where I still supervise PhD and MA students and host one of my research projects.


I am currently engaged in field projects focussing on i) how societies, landscapes, ecosystems and Protected Areas in the Serengeti Basin have responded to climate change and societal use over the past 300 years, to better understand how they may respond in the future – see ARCC project webpages; ii) collaborative research between archaeologists and pastoralist community organisations on the long-term history of indigenous water management and well digging in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia – see Well Being project details; and iii) the co-production of community heritage networks in Tanzania – see CONCH project for details. I  co-direct a Sida-funded training programme between the Department of Archaeology & Ancient History, Uppsala University and the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique on the theme of Biocultural heritage in Mozambique: Developing new heritage industries. I am also a co-Investigator on one of the AHRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund projects – Rising from the Depths, which aims to identify ways in which maritime cultural heritage can directly benefit coastal communities in eastern Africa – see the RFtD website for details.


I am presently involved in the following research and training projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Mozambique:


July 2017 – December 2020: ARCC – Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in NW Tanzania (Funding Agencies: Swedish research Council, Sida, Formas; PI)

October 2017 – September 2019: CONCH: Co-production Networks for Community Heritage in Tanzania (Funding Agency: AHRC Research Networking for International Development scheme; PI Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones, University of York)

September 2017 – August 2021: Rising from the Depths: Utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits (Funding Agency: AHRC GCRF Area-Focused Network Plus, PI: Dr Jon Henderson, Nottingham University)

September 2018 – December 2020: Well Being: Indigenous wells, pastoralist biocultural heritage and community archaeology for sustainable development in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia (Funding Agency: British Academy Sustainable Development Programme 2018, PI Dr Freda Nkirote, British Institute in Eastern Africa)

April 2018 – March 2022: Biocultural Heritage in Mozambique: developing new heritage industries (Funding Agency: Swedish International Development Agency – Sida, co-PI with Dr Hilario Madiquida, UEM and Dr Anneli Ekblom, Uppsala University)


Journal articles


  • Scaini, A., Mulligan, J., Berg, H., Brangarí, A., Bukachi, V., Carenzo, S., Chau Thi, D., Courtney-Mustaphi, C., Ekblom, A., Fjelde, H., Fridahl, M., Hansson, A., Hicks, L., Höjer, M., Juma, B., Kain, J-H., Kariuki, RW., Kim, S., Lane, P., Leizeaga, A., Lindborg, R., Livsey, J., Lyon, SW., Marchant, R., McConville, JR., Munishi, L., Nilsson, D., Olang, L., Olin, S., Olsson, L., Rogers, PM., Rousk, J., Sandén, H., Sasaki, N., Shoemaker, A., Smith, B., Thai Huynh Phuong, L., Varela Varela, A., Venkatappa, M., Vico, G., Von Uexkull, N., Wamsler, C., Wondie, M., Zapata, P., Zapata Campos, MJ., Manzoni, S. and Tompsett, A., 2024. Pathways from research to sustainable development: Insights from ten research projects in sustainability and resilience. Ambio,
  • 2023

  • Vieri, J., Chirikure, S., Lane, P. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2023. Archaeological science, globalisation, and local agency: gold in Great Zimbabwe. Archaeol Anthropol Sci, v. 15 10.1007/s12520-023-01811-7
  • Lane, PJ. and Michaut, E., 2023. Material assemblages and percolating pasts in Zigua households, north-eastern Tanzania Journal of Social Archaeology, v. 23 10.1177/14696053231185636
  • Lane, PJ., 2023. Hearth and home in the Iron Age of eastern Africa: Ethnographic models, historical linguistics and archaeological evidence Southern African Humanities, v. 36
  • 2022

  • M'Mbogori, FN., Kinyua, MG., Ibrae, AG. and Lane, PJ., 2022. Changes to water management and declining pastoral resilience in Marsabit County, northern Kenya: The example of Gabra wells Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, v. 9
  • Kariuki, RW., Capitani, C., Munishi, LK., Shoemaker, A., Courtney Mustaphi, CJ., William, N., Lane, PJ. and Marchant, R., 2022. Serengeti’s futures: Exploring land use and land cover change scenarios to craft pathways for meeting conservation and development goals Frontiers in Conservation Science, v. 3 10.3389/fcosc.2022.920143
  • Muiruri, V., Marchant, R., Rucina, SM., Scott, L. and Lane, PJ., 2022. Late Holocene environmental change and anthropogenic: Ecosystem interaction on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya. Ambio, v. 51
  • Ochungo, P., Khalaf, N., Merlo, S., Beldados, A., M’mbogori, FN., Tiki, W. and Lane, PJ., 2022. Remote Sensing for Biocultural Heritage Preservation in an African Semi-Arid Region: A Case Study of Indigenous Wells in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia Remote Sensing, v. 14
  • 2021

  • Petek-Sargeant, N. and Lane, PJ., 2021. Weathering Climate Change in Archaeology: Conceptual Challenges and an East African Case Study Cambridge Archaeological Journal, v. 31
  • Kariuki, RW., Munishi, LK., Courtney-Mustaphi, CJ., Capitani, C., Shoemaker, A., Lane, PJ. and Marchant, R., 2021. Integrating stakeholders' perspectives and spatial modelling to develop scenarios of future land use and land cover change in northern Tanzania. PLoS One, v. 16
  • Morrison, KD., Hammer, E., Boles, O., Madella, M., Whitehouse, N., Gaillard, M-J., Bates, J., Vander Linden, M., Merlo, S., Yao, A., Popova, L., Hill, AC., Antolin, F., Bauer, A., Biagetti, S., Bishop, RR., Buckland, P., Cruz, P., Dreslerová, D., Dusseldorp, G., Ellis, E., Filipovic, D., Foster, T., Hannaford, MJ., Harrison, SP., Hazarika, M., Herold, H., Hilpert, J., Kaplan, JO., Kay, A., Klein Goldewijk, K., Kolář, J., Kyazike, E., Laabs, J., Lancelotti, C., Lane, P., Lawrence, D., Lewis, K., Lombardo, U., Lucarini, G., Arroyo-Kalin, M., Marchant, R., Mayle, F., McClatchie, M., McLeester, M., Mooney, S., Moskal-Del Hoyo, M., Navarrete, V., Ndiema, E., Góes Neves, E., Nowak, M., Out, WA., Petrie, C., Phelps, LN., Pinke, Z., Rostain, S., Russell, T., Sluyter, A., Styring, AK., Tamanaha, E., Thomas, E., Veerasamy, S., Welton, L. and Zanon, M., 2021. Mapping past human land use using archaeological data: A new classification for global land use synthesis and data harmonization. PLoS One, v. 16
  • Henderson, J., Breen, C., Esteves, L., La Chimia, A., Lane, P., Macamo, S., Marvin, G. and Wynne-Jones, S., 2021. Rising from the depths network: A challenge-led research agenda for marine heritage and sustainable development in eastern africa Heritage, v. 4
  • Biginagwa, TJ. and Lane, PJ., 2021. Local animal economies during the nineteenth-century caravan trade along the Lower Pangani, northeastern Tanzania: a zooarchaeological perspective Azania, v. 56
  • Lane, PJ., 2021. Enhancing archaeology's role in addressing grand challenges needs more reflection on known unknowns Antiquity, v. 95
  • Zhuang, Y. and Lane, PJ., 2021. Harvesting the winds, harvesting the rain: an introduction to the issue on Inhabiting tropical worlds World Archaeology, v. 53
  • Robb, AJ., Macamo, SL., Guissamulo, A. and Lane, P., 2021. OBSERVATIONS FROM SOME NEWLY RECOGNISED COASTAL SHELL MIDDENS AT PRAIA DE CHIZAVANE, GAZA PROVINCE, MOZAMBIQUE South African Archaeological Bulletin, v. 76
  • 2020

  • Lane, PJ., 2020. African Archaeologists Honored at the Fourth Shanghai Archaeology Forum, December 2019 African Archaeological Review, v. 37
  • 2019

  • Lane, P., 2019. Desert Archaeology — A Commentary, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Archaeological Review from Cambridge, v. 34
  • Boles, OJC., Shoemaker, A., Courtney Mustaphi, CJ., Petek, N., Ekblom, A. and Lane, PJ., 2019. Historical Ecologies of Pastoralist Overgrazing in Kenya: Long-Term Perspectives on Cause and Effect Human Ecology, v. 47
  • van der Plas, GW., De Cort, G., Petek-Sargeant, N., Wuytack, T., Colombaroli, D., Lane, PJ. and Verschuren, D., 2019. Distinct phases of natural landscape dynamics and intensifying human activity in the central Kenya Rift Valley during the past 1300 years Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 218
  • Courtney Mustaphi, CJ., Capitani, C., Boles, O., Kariuki, R., Newman, R., Munishi, L., Marchant, R. and Lane, P., 2019. Integrating evidence of land use and land cover change for land management policy formulation along the Kenya-Tanzania borderlands Anthropocene, v. 28
  • Ekblom, A., Shoemaker, A., Gillson, L., Lane, P. and Lindholm, KJ., 2019. Conservation through biocultural heritage-Examples from sub-Saharan Africa Land, v. 8
  • Lane, PJ., 2019. Material Desires, Ecological Anxieties, and East African Elephant Ivory from a Long Term Perspective ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY, v. 24
  • 2018

  • Marchant, R., Richer, S., Boles, O., Capitani, C., Courtney-Mustaphi, CJ., Lane, P., Prendergast, ME., Stump, D., De Cort, G., Kaplan, JO., Phelps, L., Kay, A., Olago, D., Petek, N., Platts, PJ., Punwong, P., Widgren, M., Wynne-Jones, S., Ferro-Vázquez, C., Benard, J., Boivin, N., Crowther, A., Cuní-Sanchez, A., Deere, NJ., Ekblom, A., Farmer, J., Finch, J., Fuller, D., Gaillard-Lemdahl, MJ., Gillson, L., Githumbi, E., Kabora, T., Kariuki, R., Kinyanjui, R., Kyazike, E., Lang, C., Lejju, J., Morrison, KD., Muiruri, V., Mumbi, C., Muthoni, R., Muzuka, A., Ndiema, E., Kabonyi Nzabandora, C., Onjala, I., Schrijver, AP., Rucina, S., Shoemaker, A., Thornton-Barnett, S., van der Plas, G., Watson, EE., Williamson, D. and Wright, D., 2018. Drivers and trajectories of land cover change in East Africa: Human and environmental interactions from 6000 years ago to present Earth-Science Reviews, v. 178
  • Lane, PJ., 2018. ‘For purposes altogether unscientific’ Current Swedish Archaeology, v. 26
  • Githumbi, EN., Kariuki, R., Shoemaker, A., Courtney-Mustaphi, CJ., Chuhilla, M., Richer, S., Lane, P. and Marchant, R., 2018. Pollen, people and place: multidisciplinary perspectives on ecosystem change at amboseli, kenya Frontiers in Earth Science, v. 5
  • Conolly, J. and Lane, PJ., 2018. Vulnerability, risk, resilience: an introduction World Archaeology, v. 50
  • Iles, L., Stump, D., Heckmann, M., Lang, C. and Lane, PJ., 2018. Iron Production in North Pare, Tanzania: Archaeometallurgical and Geoarchaeological Perspectives on Landscape Change African Archaeological Review, v. 35
  • 2017

  • Armstrong, CG., Shoemaker, AC., McKechnie, I., Ekblom, A., Szabó, P., Lane, PJ., McAlvay, AC., Boles, OJ., Walshaw, S., Petek, N., Gibbons, KS., Quintana Morales, E., Anderson, EN., Ibragimow, A., Podruczny, G., Vamosi, JC., Marks-Block, T., LeCompte, JK., Awâsis, S., Nabess, C., Sinclair, P. and Crumley, CL., 2017. Anthropological contributions to historical ecology: 50 questions, infinite prospects. PLoS One, v. 12
  • Petek, N. and Lane, P., 2017. Ethnogenesis and surplus food production: communitas and identity building among nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Ilchamus, Lake Baringo, Kenya, Taylor & Francis World Archaeology, v. 49
  • 2016

  • Boles, OJC. and Lane, PJ., 2016. The Green, Green Grass of Home: an archaeo-ecological approach to pastoralist settlement in central Kenya Azania, v. 51
  • Lane, P., 2016. Historical Archaeology in South Africa: Material Culture of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY, v. 57
  • Coutu, AN., Lee-Thorp, J., Collins, MJ. and Lane, PJ., 2016. Mapping the Elephants of the 19th Century East African Ivory Trade with a Multi-Isotope Approach. PLoS One, v. 11
  • Straight, B., Lane, P., Hilton, C. and Letua, M., 2016. “Dust people”: Samburu perspectives on disaster, identity, and landscape Journal of Eastern African Studies, v. 10
  • Lane, P., 2016. Editorial World Archaeology, v. 48
  • 2015

  • Lane, PJ., 2015. Introduction: archaeological ivories in a global perspective World Archaeology, v. 47
  • Straight, B., Lane, PJ., Hilton, CE. and Letua, M., 2015. 'It was maendeleo that removed them': Disturbing burials and reciprocal knowledge production in a context of collaborative archaeology Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, v. 21
  • Lane, PJ. and Reid, A., 2015. Editorial: Azania at Fifty Azania, v. 50
  • Iles, L. and Lane, P., 2015. Iron production in second millennium AD pastoralist contexts on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya Azania, v. 50
  • Fleisher, J., Lane, P., LaViolette, A., Horton, M., Pollard, E., Quintana Morales, E., Vernet, T., Christie, A. and Wynne-Jones, S., 2015. When Did the Swahili Become Maritime? Am Anthropol, v. 117
  • 2014

  • Lane, P., 2014. The Archaeology and Ethnography of Central Africa SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL BULLETIN, v. 69
  • Mumbi, CT., Marchant, R. and Lane, P., 2014. Vegetation Response to Climate Change and Human Impacts in the Usambara Mountains, Hindawi Limited ISRN Forestry, v. 2014 10.1155/2014/240510
  • Marchant, R. and Lane, P., 2014. Past perspectives for the future: Foundations for sustainable development in East Africa Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 51
  • Lane, PJ., 2014. Commentary: The only way is ethics Azania, v. 49
  • 2012

  • Lane, PJ., 2012. Maritime and Shipwreck Archaeology in the Western Indian Ocean and Southern Red Sea: An Overview of Past and Current Research Journal of Maritime Archaeology, v. 7
  • 2011

  • Lane, P., 2011. Archaeology and international development in Africa ANTIQUITY, v. 85
  • Lane, P., 2011. Possibilities for a postcolonial archaeology in sub-Saharan Africa: Indigenous and usable pasts World Archaeology, v. 43
  • Lane, PJ., 2011. Future urban growth and archaeological heritage management: Some implications for research activity in Africa Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, v. 13
  • 2010

  • Prendergast, ME. and Lane, PJ., 2010. Middle holocene fishing strategies in east africa: Zooarchaeological analysis of Pundo, a Kansyore shell midden in Northern Nyanza (Kenya) International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, v. 20
  • Lane, P., 2010. Five Hundred Years Rediscovered: Southern African Precedents and Prospects JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY, v. 51
  • Lane, PJ., 2010. Developing landscape historical ecologies in eastern africa: An outline of current research and potential future directions African Studies, v. 69
  • 2009

  • Lane, P., 2009. Yet more out of Africa and from people ‘without history’ Antiquity, v. 83
  • Lane, P., 2009. Environmental narratives and the history of soil erosion in Kondoa District, Tanzania: An archaeological perspective International Journal of African Historical Studies, v. 42
  • 2008

  • Lane, PJ., 2008. The social production and symbolism of cloth and clothing among the Dogon of Mali Anthropos, v. 103
  • 2007

  • Lane, P., Ashley, C., Seitsonen, O., Harvey, P., Mire, S. and Odede, F., 2007. The transition to farming in eastern Africa: New faunal and dating evidence from Wadh Lang'o and Usenge, Kenya Antiquity, v. 81
  • Quinn, R., Forsythe, W., Breen, C., Boland, D., Lane, P. and Omar, AL., 2007. Process-based models for port evolution and wreck site formation at Mombasa, Kenya Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 34
  • Lane, P., 2007. The archaeology of time CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL, v. 17
  • Lane, PJ., 2007. New international frameworks for the protection of underwater cultural heritage in the Western Indian Ocean, Informa UK Limited Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, v. 42 10.1080/00672700709480453
  • 2006

  • Lane, P., 2006. Comments on Charlotte Damm (2005): Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Oral Traditions: Approaches to the Indigenous Past. Norwegian Archaeological Review 38, 73–87. Norwegian Archaeological Review, v. 39
  • Lane, P., 2006. Household assemblages, lifecycles and the remembrance of things past among the Dogon of Mali South African Archaeological Bulletin, v. 61
  • Lane, P., Ashley, C. and Oteyo, G., 2006. New Dates for Kansyore and Urewe Wares from Northern Nyanza, Kenya, Informa UK Limited Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, v. 41 10.1080/00672700609480438
  • 2005

  • Taylor, D., Lane, PJ., Muiruri, V., Ruttledge, A., Gaj McKeever, R., Nolan, T., Kenny, P. and Goodhue, R., 2005. Mid- to late-Holocene vegetation dynamics on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya Holocene, v. 15
  • 2004

  • Breen, C. and Lane, PJ., 2004. Archeological approaches to East Africa's changing seascapes World Archaeology, v. 35
  • Lane, P., 2004. The civilizations of Africa. A history to 1800. ANTHROPOS, v. 99
  • Lane, P., 2004. The ‘moving frontier’ and the transition to food production in Kenya, Informa UK Limited Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, v. 39 10.1080/00672700409480402
  • 2003

  • BATIBO, H., IVASKA, A., REID, R., GIBLIN, J., MACDONALD, KC., WILLIS, J., B. MAPUNDA, B., BARNES, C. and LANE, P., 2003. Reviews, Informa UK Limited Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, v. 38 10.1080/00672700309480372
  • Lane, P., 2003. The past in prehistoric societies ANTIQUITY, v. 77
  • Lane, P., 2003. The Zimbabwe culture: origins and decline of southern Zambezian states. ANTIQUITY, v. 77
  • 2001

  • Breen, C., Forsythe, W., Lane, P., McErlean, T., McConkey, R., Omar, AL., Quinn, R. and Williams, B., 2001. Ulster and the Indian Ocean? Recent maritime archaeological research on the East African coast Antiquity, v. 75
  • Lane, P., 2001. Special section: African archaeology today Antiquity, v. 75
  • Lane, P., Mapunda, BBB. and Eriksson, M., 2001. Soil erosion, iron smelting and human settlement in the Haubi Basin, north-central Tanzania Antiquity, v. 75
  • Lane, P., 2001. African archaeology today, Cambridge University Press (CUP) Antiquity, v. 75 10.1017/s0003598x00089298
  • 2000

  • Lane, P., 2000. Landscape transformations and the archaeology of impact: Social disruption and state formation in southern Africa ANTIQUITY, v. 74
  • 1997

  • Lane, P., 1997. Snakes and crocodiles: Power and symbolism in ancient Zimbabwe SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL BULLETIN, v. 52
  • Reid, A., Lane, P., Segobye, A., Mathibidi, N., Borjeson, L. and Sekgarametso, P., 1997. Tswana architecture and responses to colonialism World Archaeology, v. 28
  • 1994

  • Lane, P., 1994. The Use and Abuse of Ethnography in the Study of the Southern African Iron Age Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, v. 29-30
  • Abungu, G., Argyle, J., Bahuchet, S., Blench, R., MacLean, R., Chami, FA., Clutton-Brock, J., Connah, G., de Langhe, E., Swennen, R., Eggert, MKH., Haaland, R., Herbert, RK., Huffman, TN., Katanekwa, NM., Kinahan, J., Kiyaga Mulindwa, D., Lane, P., Reid, A., Segobye, A., Maggs, T., de Maret, P., Mutoro, H., Nurse, D., Oslisly, R., Philippson, G., Prins, FE., Pwiti, G., Robertshaw, P., Rossel, G., Schmidt, PR., Schoenbrun, DL., Taylor, D., Marchant, R., Schalkwyk, LV., Vansina, J., Vignati-Pagis, E., Vuylsteke, D., Whitelaw, G. and Wigboldus, JS., 1994. Contributors Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, v. 29-30
  • 1993

  • Lane, PJ., 1993. Tongwe Fort Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, v. 28
  • 1988

  • 1987

  • Lane, P., 1987. Space, Text and Gender, by Henrietta L. Moore, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Archaeological Review from Cambridge, v. 6
  • 1986

  • Lane, P., 1986. Past practices in the ritual present: Examples from the Welsh Bronze Age, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Archaeological Review from Cambridge, v. 5
  • 1985

  • Lane, P., 1985. TAG '84: A review from Cambridge, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Archaeological Review from Cambridge, v. 4
  • Lane, P., 1985. Surface archaeology, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Archaeological Review from Cambridge, v. 4
  • 1982

  • Lane, P. and Mawson, A., 1982. Off-site archaeology, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Archaeological Review from Cambridge, v. 1
  • Lane, P., 1982. Anthropology for Archaeologists, by Bryony Orme; Modern Material Culture: The Archaeology of Us, edited by Richard A. Gould and Michael B. Schiffer, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Archaeological Review from Cambridge, v. 1
  • Book chapters

    2022 (Published online)

  • Lane, PJ. and Coutu, AN., 2022 (Published online). The Trade, Use, and Circulation of Elephant Ivory in Sub-Saharan Africa over the Longue Durée, Oxford University Press 10.1093/acrefore/9780190854584.013.258
  • 2022

  • Lane, PJ. and Sulas, F., 2022. LEARNING FROM THE DEEP PAST: Critical Perspectives on Biocultural Heritages for Well-Tempered Futures
  • 2021

  • Lane, PJ., 2021. African Cultural Heritage and Economic Development: Dancing in the Forests of Time, Springer Singapore 10.1007/978-981-15-4366-1_3
  • Lane, PJ., 2021. Recent Approaches to the Archaeological Investigation of Slavery in Africa, Springer International Publishing 10.1007/978-3-030-73291-2_3
  • Lane, P., 2021. Archaeology, hybrid knowledge, and community engagement in Africa: Thoughts on decolonising practice
  • 2019

  • Ekblom, A., Lane, P. and Sinclair, P., 2019. Reconstructing african landscape historical ecologies: An integrative approach for managing biocultural heritage
  • 2018

  • Anderson, DM. and Lane, PJ., 2018. The unburied victims of Kenya's Mau Mau Rebellion: Where and when does the violence end?
  • Straight, B., Lane, P., Hilton, C. and Letua, M., 2018. “Dust people”: Samburu perspectives on disaster, identity, and landscape, Routledge 10.4324/9781315267647-9
  • 2017

  • Lane, PJ., 2017. Envisioning a different notion of “indigenous archaeology” from the perspective of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Eriksson, O., Ekblom, A., Lane, P., Lennartsson, T. and Lindholm, KJ., 2017. Concepts for integrated research in historical ecology
  • Anderson, DM. and Lane, PJ., 2017. The unburied victims of Kenya's Mau Mau Rebellion: where and when does the violence end?
  • 2016

  • Lane, PJ., 2016. Ethnoarchaeology: A conceptual and practical bridging of the intangible and tangible cultural heritage divide
  • Lane, PJ., 2016. Entangled Banks and the Domestication of East African Pastoralist Landscapes 10.4324/9781315433936-8
  • Lane, PJ., 2016. Ethnicity, archaeological ceramics, and changing paradigms in East African archaeology
  • Lane, PJ., 2016. The use of ethnography in landscape archaeology
  • Lane, PJ., 2016. Africa in and of the world: Archaeological perspectives on globalization in the longue durée
  • Ekblom, A., Lane, P., Radimilahy, C., Rakotoarisoa, JA., Sinclair, P. and Virah-Sawmy, M., 2016. Migration and Interaction between Madagascar and Eastern Africa, 500 BCE–1000 CE: An Archaeological Perspective
  • 2015

  • Lane, PJ., 2015. Sustainability <i>Primordial Conservationists, Environmental Sustainability, and the Rhetoric of Pastoralist Cultural Heritage in East Africa</i> 10.5876/9781607323846.c016
  • Lane, P., 2015. Iron age imaginaries and barbarian encounters: British prehistory's African past
  • 2013

  • Lane, PJ., 2013. Tourism and social change among the Dogon
  • Lane, PJ., 2013. Slavery and Slave Trading in Eastern Africa: Exploring the Intersections of Historical Sources and Archaeological Evidence
  • Lane, P., 2013. Trajectories of pastoralism in Northern and central Kenya: An overview of the archaeological and environmental evidence
  • Lane, P., 2013. Later holocene Africa
  • Lane, P. and MacDonald, KC., 2013. Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory
  • 2012

  • Lane, P. and Johnson, D., 2012. The Archaeology and History of Slavery in South Sudan in the Nineteenth Century
  • 2008

  • Lane, PJ., 2008. Africa, historical archaeology
  • 2006

  • Lane, P., 2006. Present to past: Ethnoarchaeology
  • 2004

  • Mapunda, B. and Lane, P., 2004. Archaeology for whose interest - archaeologists or the locals?
  • Reid, A. and Lane, P., 2004. African Historical Archaeologies: An Introductory Consideration of Scope and Potential, Springer US 10.1007/978-1-4419-8863-8_1
  • Lane, P., 2004. Re-constructing Tswana Townscapes: Toward a Critical Historical Archaeology, Springer US 10.1007/978-1-4419-8863-8_10
  • Conference proceedings


  • Lane, PJ., 2015. Archaeology in the age of the anthropocene: A critical assessment of its scope and societal contributions Journal of Field Archaeology, v. 40
  • 2007

  • Hilton, CE., Lane, P. and Straight, B., 2007. Bioarchaeology of prehistoric pastoralists of northern Kenya. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY,
  • Books


  • Lane, PJ. and MacDonald, KC., 2013. Introduction: Slavery, Social Revolutions and Enduring Memories
  • Theses / dissertations


  • Lane, PJ., 1986. Settlement as history : A study of space and time among the Dogon of Mali, University of Cambridge
  • Teaching and Supervisions


    I coordinate the following course:

    Paper A35/ARC33/G34 The Archaeology of Africa


    I am involved in the teaching of the following courses:

    Paper A1 World Archaeology

    Paper A10 Archaeological Theory and Practice

    Paper G02 Core Archaeology

    Paper G06 Medieval Europe in a Global Context

    Paper MPhil in World History – Debates in World History

    Research supervision: 

    I am happy to supervise students at all levels on a range of topics related to the archaeology and historical ecology of sub-Saharan Africa, and I have both archaeological and ethnographic datasets relating to several of of my previous projects from across the African continent that could form the basis of a BA/BSc or MPhil dissertation project. I am especially interested in supervising students who wish to study for an MPhil or a PhD in the following topics:

    • The historical ecology of ancient African towns
    • The archaeology of ivory on the African continent
    • The Pastoral Neolithic and Pastoral Iron Age of eastern Africa
    • The archaeology of enslavement and slave trading in African settings
    • Issues in African cultural heritage, including among the Diaspora

    Other Professional Activities

    Editorial Board, World Archaeology

    Member of Council, British Institute in Eastern Africa

    Fellow Society of Antiquaries of London

    Routledge Series Editor, African Archaeology & Heritage

    Member, Scientific Steering Committee, IHOPE 

    Job Titles

    Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professor of the Deep History & Archaeology of Africa

    General Info

    Takes PhD students
    Available for consultancy
    Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
    Cultural Heritage


    Person keywords: 
    Archaeology of sub-Saharan Africa
    Landscape Historical Ecology
    Transitions to food production in eastern and southern Africa
    Archaeology of pastoralism in eastern Africa
    Archaeology, colonialism and postcolonialism
    Heritage, identity and memorialisation
    Organisation of space and time among human societies in the past and present
    Maritime archaeology and historical ecology
    Geographical areas: