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Janice Yellin

Professor

Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
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Bio

Dr. Yellin has taught at Louisiana State University, the University of Florida, Brandeis University, and Merrimack College. She has held the Martha Willcomb Lectureship in Egyptian Civilization at Harvard University. Her major interest is in Egyptology and Meroitic Studies. She is currently Director of the Royal Pyramids of Kush Project which is publishing the pyramids of the kings and queens of ancient Meroe (c350 BC - AD 350) which are located north of Khartoum. These decorated, royal tombs are the last pyramids built in Africa and are endangered by human activities and environmental changes. The project has been funded by grants from major foundations. She has published numerous articles on ancient Sudanese art and religion and recently completed her term as a member of the Board of the International Society for Nubian Studies.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Brandeis University
  • MA, Brandeis University
  • BA, The City College of New York

Academic Interests

Archaeology; Egyptology; Nubian Studies

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - BFRF Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2014 - Tif Award, Babson College
  • 2012 - BFRF Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2011 - BFRF Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2007 - BFRF Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2006 - BFRF Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2005 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2003 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2002 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2001 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 2000 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 1999 - Grant, The National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Collaborative Research
  • 1997 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 1996 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 1996 - Grant, Fondation Michela Schiff-Giorgini Grant
  • 1996 - Grant, German-American Academic Council (TransCoop Program)
  • 1996 - Grant, The Haycock Memorial Fund, British Institute in Eastern African, (
  • 1996 - Grant, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
  • 1994 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 1994 - Fondation Michela Schiff-Giorgini Grant,
  • 1994 - Grant, Senior Research Program, The J. Paul Getty Foundation
  • 1993 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 1990 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 1988 - Hauptreferant (Keynote speaker), Sixth International Conference of Meroitic Studies
  • 1987 - Board of Research Summer Stipend, Babson College
  • 1986 - Martha A. Willcomb Lectureship on Egyptian Culture,, Harvard University Department of Fine Arts,
  • 1984 - Faculty Development Grant, Merrimack College
  • 1983 - Faculty Development Grant, Merrimack College
  • 1980 - Graduate Council Grant, University of Florida
  • 1979 - Teacher of the Year, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • 1975 - NEH Grant, University of Florida
  • 1974 - Sachar International Award, Brandeis University
  • 1966 - New York State Regent Scholarship Winner

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • LVA 2075: DESIGN FOR LIVING (VSA)
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • LVA 2075: DESIGN FOR LIVING (VSA)
  • LVA 2005: ART AS A VISUAL LANGUAGE (VSA)

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Yellin, J.W. (2015). Meroitic royal chronology: the conflict with Rome and its aftermath. Journal of the Sudan Archaeological Research Society , 19, 2-15. link
  • Yellin, J.W. (2015). The Family of Arkamani I in the Southern Cemetery at Meroe. Beiträge für Sudanforschung, 9, 201-206. link
  • Yellin, J.W. (2014). The Kushite Nature of Early Mortuary Meroitic religion: A Pragmatic Approach to Osirian beliefs. The ancient Sudan. Communications of the Sudan Archaeological Society of Berlin, Special Issue 2014
  • Yellin, J.W. (2014). The Chronology and Attribution of Royal Pyramids at Meroe and Gebel Barkal: BEG N 8, BEG N 12, BAR 5 and BAR 2. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, 6(1) link
  • Yellin, J.W. (2011). Meroitic (Laungauge). Encyclopedia of Ancient History
  • Yellin, J.W. (2009). La transition entre le Nepateen tardif et l'Epoque meroitique, d'apres les recherches sur la necropole royale sud de Meroe. Bulletin de la Societe Francaise d'Egyptologie, 174, 8-28.
  • Yellin, J.W. (2004). “Secret of Ancient Meroitic Language". Calliope Magazine, 15(12)
  • Yellin, J.W. (2003). "Loved by the Gods”. Calliope Magazine, 14(12)
  • Yellin, J.W. (1979). "The Meaning of Hieroglyphs" . Odyssey Magazine

Books

  • Yellin, J.W. (in press). The Necropolises of Kush I.1a, b: Meroe. The Southern Royal Cemetery Monumenta Sudanica

Book Chapters

  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Al-Hassa.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Al-Hobagi.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Arminna West and Arminna West.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Dangeil.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Hamadab.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Karanog.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Meroe.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Muweis.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Naqa.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Sai Island.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Tombos.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Toshka East and Toshka West.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Wad Ban Naqa.Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile.: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2012). Nubian Religion. In Marjorie Fisher, Peter Lacovara, Sue D'Auria and Salima Ikram (Ed.), Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Yellin, J.W. (2004). "The Garstang Cache from Meroe".P. L. Shinnie, The Capital of Kush II.: Akademie Verlag
  • Yellin, J.W., Hinkel, F. (1998). "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project". In C.J. Eyre (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists.: Leuven
  • Yellin, J.W. (1996). "Egyptian Religion and its ongoing impact on the formation of the Napatan State".CRIPEL.: Lille
  • Yellin, J.W. (1995). "Akhmim".The MacMIllan Encyclopaedia of World Art.
  • Yellin, J.W. (1995). "Meroitic Funerary Religion". In W. Haas (Ed.), Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt, part II: Principate. Berlin - New York : Walter de Gruyter
  • Yellin, J.W. (1991). "The Decorated Pyramid Chapels of Meroe and Meroitic Funerary Religion" . In D. Apelt (Ed.), Studia in Honorem F. Hintze.
  • Yellin, J.W. (1984). "The Iconography of an Astronomical Text from Begrawiyah South".Meroitica.
  • Yellin, J.W. (1984). "The Use of Abaton Style Milk Libations at Meroe".Meroitica.
  • Yellin, J.W. (1982). "The Role of Anubis in Meroitic Religion". In M. Plumley (Ed.), Nubian Studies.
  • Yellin, J.W. (1979). "A Suggested Interpretation of Type B Chapels at Begrawiyah North" .Meroitica.

Others

  • Yellin, J.W. (in press). The Necropolises of Kush I.1a, b: Meroe. The Southern Royal Cemetery Monumenta Sudanica
  • Yellin, J.W. (1988). Mummies and Magic. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts

Presentations

  • “The interplay of Egyptian and Meroitic religion in the Dodecaschoenos [Upper Nubia]
    Yellin, J. “The interplay of Egyptian and Meroitic religion in the Dodecaschoenos [Upper Nubia] International Conference of Egyptology, Florence, Italy (2015)
  • Meroitic Chronology in the late 1st century BC to mid-1st century AD: Evidence from the Royal Pyramids of Meroe and Gebel Barkal
    Yellin, J. Meroitic Chronology in the late 1st century BC to mid-1st century AD: Evidence from the Royal Pyramids of Meroe and Gebel Barkal 13th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2014)
  • Offerings for Eternity: Decoding the Language of Religious Art from the Royal Pyramids at Meroe
    Yellin, J. Offerings for Eternity: Decoding the Language of Religious Art from the Royal Pyramids at Meroe The Kirwan Memorial Lecture, London (2014)
  • Archival Work in the Necropolis of Kush
    Yellin, J. Archival Work in the Necropolis of Kush Meroe Archival Project Colloquium, Reading, UK (2013)
  • Art Writing History. When did the Meroitic Kingdom Really Begin?
    Yellin, J. Art Writing History. When did the Meroitic Kingdom Really Begin? BFRF Research Chat, Babson College (2011)
  • La transition entre le napateen tardif et l'Epoque meroitique, d'apres les recherche sur la necropole royale sud de Meroe
    Yellin, J. La transition entre le napateen tardif et l'Epoque meroitique, d'apres les recherche sur la necropole royale sud de Meroe Annual Meeting, Paris, France (2009)
  • A God in the Land of Gold: Tutankhamun in Nubia
    Yellin, J. A God in the Land of Gold: Tutankhamun in Nubia Boshell Lecture Series on Archaeology, Dallas, TX (2009)
  • The Last Pyramids in Africa. Ancient Kushite Burials at Meroe
    Yellin, J. The Last Pyramids in Africa. Ancient Kushite Burials at Meroe Public lecture in conjunction with the exhibit, Lost Kingdoms of the Nile: Ancient Nubian Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2008)
  • Are the First Royal Pyramids at Meroe Napatan or Meroitic. Evidence for Continuity in the Southern Royal Cemetery at Meroe
    Yellin, J. Are the First Royal Pyramids at Meroe Napatan or Meroitic. Evidence for Continuity in the Southern Royal Cemetery at Meroe Eleventh International Conference for Meroitic Studies, Vienna (2008)
  • Lessons from the South Cemetery at Meroe
    Yellin, J. Lessons from the South Cemetery at Meroe Seminar für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte Nordostafrikas (AKNOA), Berlin (2008)
  • “The Royal Pyramids of Kush Project and the Hinkel Method”
    Yellin, J. “The Royal Pyramids of Kush Project and the Hinkel Method” Colloquium in Honor of Friedrich W. Hinkel, Aegyptisches Museum, Berlin (2007)
  • “Iconography and Meroitic Chronology”
    Yellin, J. “Iconography and Meroitic Chronology” Tenth International Conference of Meroitic Studies, Paris (2004)
  • “The Reconstruction of Beg S 007 and its implications”
    Yellin, J. “The Reconstruction of Beg S 007 and its implications” Tenth Conference of the Society for Nubian Studies, Rome (2002)
  • The Royal Pyramids of Kush"
    Yellin, J. The Royal Pyramids of Kush" Ninth International Conference of Nubian Studies, Boston, MA (1998)
  • "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project"
    Yellin, J. "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project" Friends of Egyptian Art, Boston, MA (1998)
  • "The Ram and the Lion"
    Yellin, J. "The Ram and the Lion" Ägyptisches Museum, Berlin (1997)
  • "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project"
    Yellin, J. "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project" Annual Meeting, American Research Center in Egypt, St. Louis, MO (1996)
  • "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project: Some Early Results from Begrawiyeh South"
    Yellin, J. "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project: Some Early Results from Begrawiyeh South" Eighth International Conference of Meroitic Studies, London (1996)
  • "Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa"
    Yellin, J. "Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa" Smithsonian Museums' Campus on the Mall Program, Washington DC. (1995)
  • "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project" (co-authored with Dr. F. HInkel)
    Yellin, J. "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Kush Project" (co-authored with Dr. F. HInkel) Seventh International Congress of Egyptology, Cambridge, UK (1995)
  • "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Meroe"
    Yellin, J. "The Royal Pyramid Chapels of Meroe" Archaeological Institute of America and Center for Old World Archaeology, Brown University (1994)
  • "The Gold of Meroe: Treasures of an Ancient Sudanese Queen"
    Yellin, J. "The Gold of Meroe: Treasures of an Ancient Sudanese Queen" Public Lecture, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, RI (1994)
  • "Egyptian Religion and the Origins of the Kushite State"
    Yellin, J. "Egyptian Religion and the Origins of the Kushite State" Eighth International Conference for Nubian Studies, Lille (1994)
  • "Land of Silence: The Riddle of the Language of Meroe"
    Yellin, J. "Land of Silence: The Riddle of the Language of Meroe" Public Lecture in conjunction with The Gold of Meroe Exhibit, NYC (1994)
  • "Meroitic Funerary Art in the Museum of Fine Arts"
    Yellin, J. "Meroitic Funerary Art in the Museum of Fine Arts" Friends of Egyptian Art, Boston (1993)
  • "Mythology in Greek Temple Decorations"
    Yellin, J. "Mythology in Greek Temple Decorations" Classics Day, Tufts University (1992)
  • "Kingship Dogma in Meroe"
    Yellin, J. "Kingship Dogma in Meroe" Seventh International Conference of Meroitic Studies, Berlin (1992)
  • "The Role of Osiris in Meroe"
    Yellin, J. "The Role of Osiris in Meroe" Sixth International Congress of Egyptology, Turin (1991)
  • "The Impact of Egyptian Religion in Meroe"
    Yellin, J. "The Impact of Egyptian Religion in Meroe" Sixth International Conference of Meroitic Studies, Khartoum (1989)
  • "Mums the Word"
    Yellin, J. "Mums the Word" a workshop on Rameses the Great, Wellesley, MA (1988)
  • "The Meaning of the Relief Decorations in Meroitic Royal Pyramid Chapels"
    Yellin, J. "The Meaning of the Relief Decorations in Meroitic Royal Pyramid Chapels" Fifth International Congress of Egyptology, Cairo (1988)
  • "The Family of Rameses the Great"
    Yellin, J. "The Family of Rameses the Great" Rameses the Great Exhibit, Boston, MA (1988)
  • "Cleopatra," Famous Pharaohs: Kings and Queens Who Shaped Their Times
    Yellin, J. "Cleopatra," Famous Pharaohs: Kings and Queens Who Shaped Their Times 13th Annual SCS - SSEA Symposium on Egyptology, Toronto (1987)
  • "The Impact of Greco-Roman Egyptian Religion in Meroe"
    Yellin, J. "The Impact of Greco-Roman Egyptian Religion in Meroe" Fourth International Congress of Egyptology, Munich (1985)
  • "Five Meroitic Statuettes of an Ithyphallic God and their Implications"
    Yellin, J. "Five Meroitic Statuettes of an Ithyphallic God and their Implications" Fifth International Conference of Meroitic Studies, Rome (1984)
  • "Meroitic Funerals and other Celebrations"
    Yellin, J. "Meroitic Funerals and other Celebrations" Symposium, Kush: Lost Kingdom of the Nile, Exhibit, Providence, RI (1984)
  • "Funerary Aspects and Iconography of the Ceremony of Driving In the Calves (hwt bhsw)"
    Yellin, J. "Funerary Aspects and Iconography of the Ceremony of Driving In the Calves (hwt bhsw)" Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, San Francisco (1980)
  • "An Astronomical Text from Begrawiyeh South 503"
    Yellin, J. "An Astronomical Text from Begrawiyeh South 503" Fourth International Conference of Meroitic Studies, Berlin, DDR (1980)
  • "Iconography of Type B Chapels at Begrawiyeh North"
    Yellin, J. "Iconography of Type B Chapels at Begrawiyeh North" Symposium, Africa in Antiquity, Brooklyn Museum (1979)
  • "The Role of Anubis in Meroe"
    Yellin, J. "The Role of Anubis in Meroe" Third International Conference of Nubian Studies, Cambridge, UK (1979)
  • "Further Observations on the Ceremony of Driving in the Calves (hwt bhsw)"
    Yellin, J. "Further Observations on the Ceremony of Driving in the Calves (hwt bhsw)" Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Baltimore (1975)