Dr Julien Cooper

In his current research within the Nomadic Empires Project, he is studying the nomadic cultures of Northeast Africa in the First Millennium BCE until the Arab invasion of Egypt (c. 640 CE), studying such groups as the Medjay, Nobades, Troglodytes, and Libyans with a special focus on the Blemmyes of the Eastern Desert. This work will draw on a variety of epigraphic, archaeological, and linguistic evidence to demonstrate the importance and impact of nomads on the greater history of Northeast Africa and more specifically their impact on the urban civilisations of Egypt and Nubia. The research is paying particular attention to the domestication of the horse and the camel in nomadic societies, and how this may have changed the traditional power dynamics amongst urban and nomadic populations in Northeast Africa and the Sahara.

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