John Coleman Darnell
John Coleman Darnell
|Born||August 1962 (age 60)|
(m. 1989; div. 2012)
|Sub-discipline||Desert caravan routes|
John Coleman Darnell is an American Egyptologist.
Darnell attributes his interest in archaeology to his mother, who was also had a lifelong interested in archaeology. She grew up in south Alabama and had a particular interest in the Mississippian Mound Builders. Darnell tells a story of her reading him archaeology books as a child, hoping he would take a nap, but he was fascinated and did not nap.
Darnell got his BA (1984) and MA (1985) at Johns Hopkins University and his PhD (1995) at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He joined the Yale Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations as Assistant Professor in 1998; he became Associate Professor in 2004, and Professor of Egyptology in 2005.
He was the director of the Theban Desert Road Survey, which has used remote sensing to detect transportation networks between settlements in the Western Desert of Egypt that has focused on the connections between Thebes and such settlements as the Kharga Oasis.
In December 2006 a student of his created a Facebook group titled, "John C. Darnell...Man, Myth or Legend?" due to eccentricates such as wearing a monocle, and one time when "Darnell accidentally took a chunk out of a classroom chair with an ancient sword".
In January 2013, scandal broke out when it was discovered that John Darnell had engaged in a long-running affair with his student-turned-coworker Colleen Manassa. Within the small Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) department, they were the only two faculty members in the even-smaller Egyptology program. "Four individuals with close ties to the department" claimed the relationship was common knowledge within the department, and Assyriology professor Benjamin Foster reported "the basic situation has been known for a very long time." In divorce documents filed by Darnell's wife Deborah Darnell on November 5, 2012, she asserted that the affair began in 2000 when Manassa was an undergraduate student under Darnell's supervision. On January 8, 2013, John Darnell admitted to the affair and accepted a one-year suspension without pay. Darnell also admitted to “participating in the review" of Manassa's hiring and attempting to cover up his multiple policy violations. In August the university prohibited Darnell from holding an administrative position until 2023, and Manassa until 2018.
Eventually John was invited back to teach, but Colleen left Yale in 2015.
Now married, the pair are residents of Durham, Connecticut, dress in 1920s-era vintage clothing, both in their professional life and on an every-day basis. Their book Egypt’s Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on Earth was released in November 2022.
In 2007 he had a dog Antef, named after King Antef II. In 2020 he and Colleen have two Basenji dogs, Narmer (after Narmer) and Kemi (from the root km meaning "black").
- Darnell, John; Darnell, Colleen (2022). Egypt's Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on Earth. St. Martin's Publishing Group. ISBN 9781250272874.
- Darnell, John Coleman (2021). Egypt and the Desert. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108820530.
- Darnell, John Coleman; Darnell, Colleen Manassa (2018). The Ancient Egyptian Netherworld Books. Society of Biblical Literature. ISBN 9780884142768.
- Darnell, John Coleman (2013). Theban Desert Road Survey II: The Rock Shrine of Paḥu, Gebel Akhenaton, and Other Rock Inscriptions from the Western Hinterland of Qamûla. New Haven: Yale Egyptological Seminar. ISBN 9780974002569.
- Darnell, John Coleman; Manassa, Colleen (2007). Tutankhamun's Armies: Battle and Conquest during Ancient Egypt's Late 18th Dynasty. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780471743583.
- Darnell, John Coleman (2006). The Inscription of Queen Katimala at Semna: Textual Evidence for the Origins of the Napatan State. New Haven: Yale Egyptological Seminar. ISBN 9780974002538.
- Darnell, John Coleman (2004). The Enigmatic Netherworld Books of the Solar-Osirian Unity. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. ISBN 9783525530559.
- Darnell, John Coleman; Darnell, Deborah (2002). Theban Desert Road Survey in the Egyptian Western Desert, Volume 1: Gebel Tjauti Rock Inscriptions 1-45 and Wadi el-Hôl Rock Inscriptions 1-45. Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. ISBN 9781885923172.
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- ^ Wilford, John Noble (September 6, 2010). "Desert Roads Lead to Discovery in Egypt". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
The explorations of the Theban Desert Road Survey, a Yale University project co-directed by the Darnells, called attention to the previously underappreciated significance of caravan routes and oasis settlements in Egyptian antiquity.
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- ^ Craven, TinaMarie (October 20, 2022). "Clad in vintage 1920s fashion, CT Egyptologist couple explores ancient world". CTInsider.com. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
Egypt's Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on Earth will be published Nov. 1 by the professorial pair of John Coleman Darnell and Colleen Darnell, who live in Durham.... Both John and Colleen prefer to wear vintage fashion in every part of their life and together they run an Instagram account that focuses on vintage styles and ancient Egypt.