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Barrabee, Janice, Ph.D.

Janice Barrabee, Ph.D.
Web and Program Coordinator, Kolb Foundation
Consulting Scholar, Penn Museum
Elected: 1994 (Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)

Janice received an A.B. in Anthropology and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1987. She earned an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in 1991, and her Ph.D. in Assyriology from Penn in 2002. She also spent a year at the Institut für Assyriologie und Hethitologie, Ludwig Maximilian Universität in Munich, Germany. Upon graduation she took a position as a Research Associate and subsequently Editor for the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP). She has recently been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of the History of Art at Penn. She is currently the Web and Program Coordinator for the Kolb Foundation and a Consulting Scholar at the Penn Museum.

Janice's research focuses on the Sumerian and Akkadian language texts and the art of ancient Mesopotamia, with a special interest in literary texts, and textual and artistic representations of religion and ritual. Her dissertation entitled "The Rise of the Sun God and the Determination of Destiny in Ancient Mesopotamia," investigated the ideological and ceremonial response to the rising sun evidenced in Ur III and Old Babylonian period Sumerian and Akkadian compositions. She has presented papers and published articles in connection with her dissertation research, and has a recent article (2011) entitled "The King of Justice: A Reconsideration of the River Ordeal in BM 45690," which interprets a vivid account of the performance of the river ordeal in Mesopotamia. She is collaborating on the Buffalo Seal Project with Senior Fellow Holly Pittman. In addition, she is conducting research on Akkadian period seals with sunrise imagery in the Penn Museum collection, and will present a paper on that topic at the upcoming AIA annual meeting in January 2012. Janice also works with local elementary and middle schools in order to promote an understanding of archaeology and ancient civilizations in the early stages of learning.

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