Professor Paul Lane is the inaugural Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professor of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa at the University of Cambridge, he is also the Mandela Magdalene Memorial Fellow.
Professor Lane was the Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, based in Nairobi, for eight years from 1998-2006, directed and coordinated the Historical Ecologies of East African Landscapes project at the University of York and has been the Professor of Global Archaeology at Uppsala University since 2013.
His main research interests are in the organisation and use of space and time in pre-industrial societies, the historical ecology of African landscapes, the archaeology of colonial encounters, cultural perceptions of place, the materialisation of memory, maritime archaeology and the transition to farming in Africa.
Archaeology and material culture of sub-Saharan Africa; Politics of the past; Heritage and memory studies.
BA (Hons.) Archaeology and Anthropology (1979, Cantab.), MA (1982), PhD (1986)
Director, British Institute in Eastern Africa (Nairobi) 1998-2006; President, Society of Africanist Archaeologists 2008-10; Professor of Global Archaeology, Uppsala University 2013-18.
Fellow, Society of Antiquaries
Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute
Member of Council, British Institute in Eastern Africa
Member, Prehistoric Society
Member, Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet i Uppsala (Royal Society of the Humanities in Uppsala)
Member, Scientific Steering Committee, Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE)
Member, Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists