Dominic Coe

Postgraduate Research Student


Dominic was awarded with a BSc in Evolutionary Anthropology and an MSc in Palaeoanthropology both of which were completed at the University of Liverpool.

Outside of his studies, Dominic works as a PhD tutor for the 'Brilliant Club', where he teaches Key Stage 4 students from underprivileged, local secondary schools about his research.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Testing the Efficiency Hypothesis of Hafted Tool Technology"

Hafting is the process by which the utility of a tool is extended by attaching it to a handle or shaft. This AHRC NWCDTP funded project aims to address the biomechanical and physiological impact of this key technological transition that took place between 500,000 and 300,000 years ago in Africa and Eurasia. As well as evidencing improvements in cognition, the invention of hafting is often speculated to have conferred anatomical and physiological benefits on its users.

Many researchers have made the seemingly logical association between increasing the force and precision that can be applied and a reduction in the energy needs to complete a task relative to a non-hafted equivalent (Barham, 2013).This study will be the first systematic effort to test these speculations, consolidated in the ‘Efficiency Hypothesis’, and will apply an interdisciplinary methodology that integrates experimental archaeology with research on the biomechanics of the human body.

Dominic's broader research interests include Evolutionary Anatomy and Biomechanics.

Research Funding 

Jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. (AHRC and NWCDTP).