Miriam Cooke is an archaeologist, musician and and broadcaster for BBC, C4, five, Discovery and National Geographic and was one of the presenters on BBC One’s 'Country Tracks' and BBC’s ‘The Story of Now’ and channel five and Discovery's 'Egypt Detectives'. Her documentary ‘Symphony of the Stones’ on music and sound in Prehistory for the BBC World Service is now available on BBC podcast here.
Miriam gets the skinny on legends at neolithic long barrow Waylands Smithy, races a jogcart, gets her hands dirty brewing ancient birch bark tar for her beauty regime, does her best to entice a frisky grasshopper and cooks up a wild food feast. Just a normal day in the life of a history and archaeology broadcaster.
Ancient history wasn't silent, so why is our study of it? In 'Symphony of the Stones' Miriam seeks to recover the sound of our ancestors....and then write a song about it.In this fascinating and groundbreaking programme for the BBC World Service, Miriam accesses some of the most iconic ancient sites in Britain, Europe and the US to recover the sound track of the past by using an understanding of archaeology and new acoustic technologies.
The Story of now' BBC, How did we arrive at this exact point in time? Miriam with other academics seek to answer that question, A series of films helping to answer the questions we think are beyond our understanding. Miriam looks at whether the birth of sexism and the origins of agriculture are interlinked.
In ‘Wild About Britain’ for Channel 4 she explores the challenges of sourcing and cooking wild food around the British Isles.
As a presenter for BBC One’s Country Tracks, she traveled around Britain; meeting people, discovering local stories and landmarks; and sharing the joys of the great British countryside.
In the critically acclaimed ‘Egypt Detectives’ which she presented for Five, Discovery and National Geographic Miriam travels throughout Egypt, from the Valley of the Kings to the pyramids at Giza solving compelling mysteries using a combination of cutting edge archaeological expertise and common sense.