Julien Cooper

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Julien Cooper (PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University) joined the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Egyptology. Julien teaches Egyptian language at Yale. His research program is dedicated to the study of the peripheral regions of Pharaonic Egypt, particularly in Nubia and the Red Sea. He also has interests in varied topics in Egyptian linguistics and the history and languages of ancient Northeast Africa.

Before joining Yale, Julien was a post-doctoral researcher on the European Research Council’s Nomadic Empires: A World Historical Perspective at the faculty of History at the University of Oxford (http://nomadicempires.history.ox.ac.uk/). He is currently writing a multi-millennial history of the nomads of the Eastern Desert of Egypt and Sudan, known in historical documents as the Medjay and the Blemmyes.

Julien has conducted epigraphic fieldwork in Egypt and Sudan. He is undertaking a new fieldwork project dedicated to the archaeology of Eastern Sudan (https://www.ees.ac.uk/gold-deserts-and-nomads). This project aims to elucidate the history of nomads and foreign imperialism of the Pharaonic state deep in the deserts of Sudan.


(in press), Toponymy on the periphery: placenames of the Eastern Desert, Red Sea, and South Sinai in Egyptian Documents from the Early Dynastic till the end of the New Kingdom.

Book chapters

(in press) ‘Children of the Desert: The indigenous peoples of the Eastern Desert in the Pharaonic Period’

(in press) ‘The African Topographical lists of the New Kingdom and the Historical Geography of Nubia in the Second Millennium BCE’ in The 13th International Conference for Nubian Studies.

(2017) ‘Funerary Texts’ in Tristant, Y., Ryan, E. M (eds), Death is Only the Beginning: Funerary Beliefs at Macquarie’s Museum of Ancient Cultures, Australian Centre for Egyptology (Sydney)

(2017) ‘Between this world and the Duat: The Land of Wetenet and Egyptian Cosmography of the Red Sea’, in. C. Di Biase-Dyson & L. Donovan (eds), The Cultural Manifestations of Religious Experience: Studies in honour of Boyo G. Ockinga, 383-394.

Journal articles

(in press) ‘Punt in the “Northern” Topographical Lists’.  Journal of Egyptian Archaeology

(2017), ‘Some observations on language contact between Egyptian and the languages of Darfur and Chad’, Der Antike Sudan: Mitteilungen der Sudanarchäologischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin 28, 81-86.

J. Cooper & H. Barnard (2017) ‘New Insights in the Inscription on a Painted Pan-Grave Bucranium from Grave 3252 at Cemetery 3100/3200 in Mostagedda (Middle Egypt)’, African Archaeological Review 34, 363-376.

(2017) ‘Toponymic Strata in Ancient Nubia until the Commen Era’, Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies 4, 197-212.

(2015) ‘A record of a Red Sea sojourn at Beni Hassan: The journeys of Ameny/Amenemhat and ‘Relative-Placenames’, Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 24, 31-50.

J. Cooper & L. Evans (2015) ‘Transforming into a swallow: Coffin Text Spell 294 and avian behaviour’, Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache 142, 12-24.

(2012) ‘Reconsidering the location of Yam’, Journal of the American Research Centre in Egypt 48, 1-22.

(2011) ‘The Geographic and Cosmographic Expression Ta-netjer’, The Bulletin of the Australian Centre of Egyptology 22, 47-66.


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