Christine Lane

Dr Christine Lane

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, Tephrochronology Group.
Junior Research Fellow in Geography, Jesus College

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

phone: 01865 285203

fax: 01865 285220

email: christine.lane@rlaha.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

My research interests are in high precision Quaternary chronologies, with a focus on tephrochonology and tephrostratigraphy. My research uses tephrostratigraphical methods to (i) constrain the timing and mechanisms of palaeoclimate change; and (ii) explore the responses of past hominin populations and their environments to Late Quaternary climatic fluctuations.

I specialise in cryptotephra (far-travelled and non-visible volcanic ash deposits) investigations within terrestrial palaeoenvironmental archives and Palaeolithic archaeological sites.

One focus of my research is in building regional tephra frameworks, which provide important stratigraphic information in support of proximal to distal tephra correlations based upon chemical composition analysis (electron microprobe and laser ablation ICP-MS).

Primary Geographic Area

Europe (central and Mediterranean regions) and Africa (East African rift lakes, Mediterranean region).

Current Activities/Projects

Leverhulme Trust, Early Career Fellowship: Tephra records of east African changing environments. 1st April 2012, on-going.

A 500,000-year environmental record from Chew Bahir, south Ethiopia: testing hypotheses of climate-driven human evolution, innovation, and dispersal. NERC Research Grant, start date 1 November 2013, duration 36 months (Researcher Co-Investigator).

Cost Action ES0907: INTegrating Ice core, MArine and TErrestrial records (INTIMATE). http://cost-es0907.geoenvi.org/. Member of Working Group 1: chronology. January 2011, ongoing.

An INTIMATE Example (in collaboration with Dr Stefan Engels, University of Amsterdam). A training school (July 2013) and research initiative for Early Stage Researchers, within EU-COST action ES0907. http://tinyurl.com/intimateexample.

INTIMATE-CELL50k: an INQUA International Focus Group, inter-congress period 2012-2015 (steering committee member).

NERC consortium project: Response of Humans to Abrupt Environmental Transitions (RESET). Work Package 6: Abrupt environmental transitions and tephras in continental records. Project funded January 2009 – December 2013. http://c14.arch.ox.ac.uk/reset/embed.php?File=

Selected Publications

Lane, C.S., Brauer, A., Blockley, S.P.E. and Dulski, P. in press. Volcanic ash reveals time-transgressive abrupt climate change during the Younger Dryas. Geology, doi:10.1130/G34867.1.

Lane, C.S., Chorn, B.T., Johnson, T.C. 2013. Ash from the Toba super-eruption in Lake Malawi shows no volcanic winter in East Africa at 75 ka. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 110, 20, 8025–8029.

Blockley, S.P.E., Lane, C.S., Hardiman, M., Rasmussen, S., Seierstad, I., Steffensen, J.P., Svensson, A., Lotter, A.F., Turney, C.S., Ramsey C.B. and INTIMATE members. 2012. Synchronisation of palaeoenvironmental records over the last 60,000 years, and an extended INTIMATE event stratigraphy to 48,000 b2k. Quaternary Science Reviews, 36, 2-10.

All Publications

i.    Peer review journal articles:

Lane, C.S., Brauer, A., Blockley, S.P.E. and Dulski, P. in press. Volcanic ash reveals time-transgressive abrupt climate change during the Younger Dryas. Geology, doi:10.1130/G34867.1.

Douka, K., Grün, R., Jacobs, Z., Lane, C.S., Farr, L., Hunt, C., Inglis, R., Reynolds, T., Albert, P., Aubert, M., Cullen, V., Hill, E., Kinsley, L., Roberts, R., Tomlinson, E.L., Wulf, S., and Barker, G. in press. Redating the Haua Fteah cave (Cyrenaica, northeast Libya) and its implications for North African prehistory. Journal of Human Evolution.

Lane, C.S., Chorn, B.T., Johnson, T.C. 2013. Reply to Roberts et al.: A subdecadal record of paleoclimate around the Youngest Toba Tuff in Lake Malawi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 110, 33, E3048.

Lane, C.S., Chorn, B.T., Johnson, T.C. 2013. Ash from the Toba super-eruption in Lake Malawi shows no volcanic winter in East Africa at 75 ka. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 110, 20, 8025–8029.

Albert, P.G., Tomlinson, E.L., Lane, C.S., Wulf, S., Smith, V., Coltelli, M., Keller, J., Lo Castro, D., Manning, C.J., Müller, W & Menzies, M.A. In press. Late glacial explosive activity on Mount Etna: implications for proximal-distal tephra correlations and the synchronisation of Mediterranean archives. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 265, 9-26.

Bramham-Law, C., Theuerkauf, M., Lane, C.S., Mangerud, J. 2013. New findings regarding the Saksunarvatn Ash in Germany. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28, 248-257.

Veres, D., Lane, C.S., Timar-Gabor, A., Hambach, U., Constantin, D., Szakács, A., Onac, B.P. and Panaiotu, C.G. 2013. The Campanian Ignimbrite/Y5 tephra layer – a regional stratigraphic marker for Isotope Stage 3 deposits in the Lower Danube region. Quaternary International, 293, 22-33.

Lane, C.S., de Klerk, P. and Cullen, V.L. 2012. A tephrochronology for the Lateglacial vegetation record of Endinger Bruch, Vorpommern. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27, 141-149.

Lane, C.S., Blockley, S.P.E., Mangerud, J., Smith, V.C., Lohne, Ø.S., Tomlinson, E.L., Matthews, I.P. and Lotter, A.F. 2012. Was the 12.1 ka Icelandic Vedde Ash one of a kind? Quaternary Science Reviews, 33, 87-99.

Lane, C.S., Blockley, S.P.E., Lotter, A.F., Finsinger, W., Filippi, M.L. and Matthews, I.P. 2012. A regional tephrostratigraphic framework for central and southern European climate archives during the Last Glacial to Interglacial Transition: comparisons north and south of the Alps. Quaternary Science Reviews, 36, 50-58.

Blockley, S.P.E., Lane, C.S., Hardiman, M., Rasmussen, S., Seierstad, I., Steffensen, J.P., Svensson, A., Lotter, A.F., Turney, C.S., Ramsey C.B. and INTIMATE members. 2012. Synchronisation of palaeoenvironmental records over the last 60,000 years, and an extended INTIMATE1 event stratigraphy to 48,000 b2k. Quaternary Science Reviews, 36, 2-10.

Boric, D, Dimitrijevic, V, White, D., Lane, C.S., French, C. and Cristiani, E. 2012. Early Modern Human settling of the ‘Danube corridor’: The Middle to Upper Palaeolithic site of Tabula Traiana Cave in the Danube Gorges (Serbia). Antiquity, 86, 334, Antiquity Project Gallery.

Housley, R.A., Lane, C.S., Cullen, V., Weber, M-J., Riede, F., Gamble, C.S. and Brock, F. Icelandic volcanic ash from the Late-glacial open-air archaeological site of Ahrenshöft LA58 D, north Germany. 2012. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39, 708-716.

Lowe, J., Barton, N. Blockley, S., Bronk Ramsey, C., Cullen, V.L., Davies, W., Gamble, C., Grant, K.,  Hardiman, M., Housley, R., Lane, C.S., Lee, S., Lewis, M., MacLeod, A., Menzies, M, Müller, W., Pollard, M., Price, C., Roberts, A.P., Rohling,  E.J., Satow, C., Smith, V.C., Stringer, C.B., Tomlinson, E.L., White, D., Albert, P., Arienzo, I., Barker, G., Boric´, D., Carandente, A., Civetta, L., Ferrier, C., Guadelli, J-L.,  Karkanas, P., Koumouzelis, M., Müller, U.C., Orsi, G.O.,  Pross, J., Rosi, M., Shalamanov-Korobar, L., Sirakov, N., and Tzedakis, P.C. 2012. Volcanic ash layers illuminate the resilience of Neanderthals and early modern humans to natural hazards. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 109, 13532-13537.

Tomlinson, E.L., Arienzo, I., Wulf, S., Smith, V.C., Carandente, A., Civetta, L., Hardiman, M., Lane, C.S., Orsi, G., Rosi, M., Thirlwall, M., Muller, W. and Menzies, M.A. 2012. Geochemistry of the Campi Flegrei (Italy) proximal Campi Flegrei sources for major Mediterranean tephras (C-1, C-2, Y-3 & Y-5).  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 93, 102-128.

Tomlinson, E.L., Thordarson, T., Lane. C.S., Manning, C.J., Smith, V.C., Müller, M, and Menzies, M.A. 2012. Petrogenesis of the Sólheimar Ignimbrite (Katla, Iceland): implications for tephrostratigraphy. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 86, 318-337.

Lane, C.S., Andrič, M., Cullen, V.L., Blockley, S.P.E. 2011. The occurrence of distal Icelandic and Italian tephra in the Lateglacial of Lake Bled, Slovenia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 1013-1018.

Lane, C.S., Blockley, S. P. E., Lotter, A. F. and Bronk Ramsey, C. 2011. Tephrochronology and absolute centennial scale synchronisation of European and Greenland records for the last glacial to interglacial transition: a case study of Soppensee and NGRIP. Quaternary International, 246, 145-156.

Lane, C.S., Haslam, M., Petraglia, M., Ditchfield, P., Smith, V.C. and Korisettar, R. 2011. Cryptotephra from the 74 kyr BP Toba super-eruption in the Billa Surgam caves, southern India. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 1819-1824.

Finsinger, W., Lane, C.S., Blockley, S.P.E., van den Brand, G., Wagner-Cremer, F. 2011. The late-glacial Quercus expansion in the southern European Alps: rapid vegetation response to a pre-Younger Dryas local climate warming? Journal of Quaternary Science, 26, 694-702.

Riede, F., Bazely, O., Newton, A.J. and Lane, C.S. 2011. A Laacher See-eruption supplement to Tephrabase. Investigating distal tephra fall-out dynamics. Quaternary International, 246, 134-144.

Smith, V.C., Pearce, N.J.G., Matthews, N.E., Westgate, J.A., Petraglia, M.D., Haslam, M., Lane, C.S., Korisettar, R. & Pal, N.J. 2011. Geochemical fingerprinting the widespread Toba tephra using biotite compositions. Quaternary International, 246, 97-104.

Barker, G., A. Antoniadou, S. Armitage, I. Brooks, I. Candy, K. Connell, K. Douka, N. Drake, L. Farr, E. Hill, C. Hunt, R. Inglis, S. Jones, C. Lane, G. Luccharini, J. Meneely, J. Morales, G. Mutri, A. Prendergast, R. Rabett, H. Reade, T. Reynolds, N. Russell, D. Simpson, B. Smith, C. Stimpson, M. Twati, and K. White. 2010. The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2010: the fourth season of investigations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the 2007-2009 fieldwork. Libyan Studies, 41, 63-88.

Pollard, A.M., Blockley, S.P.E. and Lane, C.S. 2008. Reply to the comment on “Some numerical considerations in the geochemical analysis of distal microtephra”, by Nicholas J.G. Pearce, Charles, A. Bendall and John A. Westgate. Applied Geochemistry, 23, 5, 1365-1366.

Blockley, S.P.E., Ramsey, C.B., Lane, C.S., Lotter, A.F., 2008. Improved age modelling approaches as exemplified by the revised chronology for the Central European varved lake, Soppensee. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27, 61-71.

Blockley, S.P.E., Lane, C.S., Lotter, A.F. and Pollard, A.M. 2007. Evidence for the presence of the Vedde Ash in Central Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26, 3030-3036.

Blockley S.P.E., Blockley, S.M., Donahue, R.E., Lane, C.S., Lowe J.J. and Pollard, A.M.  2006. The chronology of abrupt climate change and Late Upper Palaeolithic human adaptation in Europe. Journal of Quaternary Science, 21, 575-584.

Pollard, A.M., Blockley, S.P.E. and Lane, C.S. 2006. Some numerical considerations in the geochemical analysis of distal microtephra. Applied Geochemistry, 21, 1692-1714.

ii.    Conference proceedings & edited volumes:

Blockley, S.P.E., Lane, C.S., Bronk Ramsey, C. and Turney, C.S.M. (Eds.). 2012. The INTegration of Ice core, Marine and TErrestrial records of the last termination (INTIMATE) 60,000 to 8000 BP. Special Issue of Quaternary Science Reviews, 36, 1-222.

Menzies, M.A., Tomlinson, E.L., Müller, W., Thordarson, T., Lane, C., Smith, V.C., Blockley, S.P.E., and the RESET Consortium. 2010. Icelandic tephrochronology - matching the provenance of proximal and distal volcanic glasses using LA-ICP-MS trace element data. In: Iceland in the Central Northern Atlantic: hotspot, sea currents and climate change, IUEM Plouzané, May 2010. http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/48/20/55/PDF/Menzies_resume_7_.pdf.

Blockley, S.P.E., Lane, C.S., Oh, A., Ditchfield, P. (Eds.). 2009. Quaternary abstracts: the human dimension in rapid environmental change. Abstracts from the Quaternary Research Association’s annual discussion meeting, January 2009, University of Oxford. ISSN: 1759-0507.

Lane, C.S. 2005. Integrating Quaternary geological dating methods and archaeological questions. In: Schroeder, H., Bray, P., Gardner, P., Jefferson, V. and Macaulay-Lewis, E. (Eds.) 2007. Crossing Frontiers: The opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary approaches to archaeology. Proceedings of the Graduate Archaeology Oxford conference, 25-26 June 2005. Oxford University, School of Archaeology Monograph 66.

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