Samantha Dobson

Samantha Dobson



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Archaeology
Department: Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Islamic Archaeology

Samantha Dobson is a PhD student (David Higgins scholarship) in the Centre for Islamic Archaeology within the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. Her PhD research is focussed on the historical archaeology of the pearling industry and the related Islamic identity at the site historical site of Muharraq, Bahrain from the 18th to 20th centuries AD. 


She holds an MRes (by Sci) in Archaeological Science from the University of Nottingham focussed on the chemical characterisation of glasses from Sri Lanka and Bahrain as well as an undergraduate BSc in Archaeology also from the University of Nottingham. She has also worked previously in commercial archaeology with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit.


Her wider research interests are the use of scientific investigative techniques on the provenance of archaeological materials and the implications of this on trade in the historic and ancient worlds, Islamic glass and glazes, the Maritime Silk Road and trade in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf regions.