Samantha Cook

Postgraduate Research Student


Samantha was awarded a BA in Oriental studies and a MA in Egyptology both of which were obtained from the University of Liverpool.

Outside of her studies, Samantha has also co-organised the 2nd Postgraduate Conference in Conflict Archaeology in 2013 and has also published work on the archery equipment of Iron Age Sudan.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Technological aspects of archery equipment from Pharaonic Egypt"

Beginning with the wooden self bows and horn bows, both evident from at least the Early Dynastic Period, this thesis examines the manufacturing processes and technical choices made by ancient craftworkers throughout Pharaonic Egypt. How and why the archery equipment developed – or remained the same – are the fundamental questions addressed, particularly at the advent of the Asiatic-style composite bow in the New Kingdom. Above all, the focus is centred on the artefacts themselves and what the study thereof can reveal about interactions between the archery equipment, craftworkers and eventual owners.

Samantha's broader research interests include ancient military equipment and the evolution of archery throughout time.

Research Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)