Agreed in the late 9th century AD between Kings Alfred and Guthrum, Alexander's doctoral research at the University of Bristol concerned the Danelaw Boundary (c. AD878 – 890) between the Danelaw and the Kingdom of Wessex. Alexander's lead supervisor was Dr Stuart Prior , and he was co-supervised by Dr Lucy Cramp and Professor Levi Roach (of Exeter University). He was also supervised by Professors Mark Horton and Joanna Bruck . Research included:
- the analysis of diverse data sources and the identification of anomalous patterns
- the formulation of a methodology to examine a varied dataset, compiled from broad sources, using flat databases as well as landscape and data visualisation
- the development of solutions to resolve research problems by adapting multidisciplinary methods.
Over the course of his PhD, Alexander was a chair, panellist and speaker at various international archaeology and medieval studies conferences including:
- The University of Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies Postgraduate Conference
- The Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS)
- Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference (OMGC)
Alexander has also co-organised several postgraduate archaeology and medieval conferences.
Alexander accepts requests to speak at events and conferences on various aspects of the Viking Age and Viking Age governance. Please email him if you wish to enquire.
“Highly knowledgeable speaker, giving in-depth detail. Excellent visual presentation. Well delivered.”
“Very informative, interesting to discover facts about Danelaw and early Kings. Fascinated by depth of research.”
“A 'tour de force' of research and scholarship. Quite mind-blowing.”
Alexander has led various seminars, tutorials and workshops, on archaeological practice and theory units, for first and second year anthropology and archaeology undergraduates including:
Alexander also has experience of marking first and second year undergraduate essays and exams.