they're arabised copts.
coptic is the descendant of the old pharonic language.
it's a bit like the turkification of anatolia or the anglo-saxon conquest of england and the scots lowlands. basically, a bunch of conquerors come in, and gradually people start to speak their language and ape their mores.
coptic stayed on as the language of the coptic church, but it made more sense for even christians to speak arabic in daily life, since everyone else was.
Let me get this straight
>So first they were conquered by the Greeks.
>A lot fled to west africa to escape genocide
>Then by the romans
>Even more fled to west africa
>then by the arabs
>ancient egyptians ceased to exist in egypt
>then they were captured and brought to america as slaves
We don't have any ancient Egyptian autosomal DNA to my knowledge. Anthropologically, there's continuity which hints at some genetic continuity but that's still a bit too broad. Still, I'm not sure which migration would have had that much of an influence on Egypt but more surprising things have happened. Also, the Copts were the only ones with some ties to ancient Egypt since they managed to preserve the language in some ways.
Unsurprisingly ancient Egyptians anthropologically are more closely related to other North Africans and Western Eurasians than sub-Saharan Africans.
I can't wait for ancient DNA from those areas.
It's worse than 4000 miles of desert, it is 4000 miles of desert and practically a Sea.
Modern Egyptians are actually greek colonists who come after alexander had conquered egypt. The real egyptians had moved to the steppes where they would later come back and conquer the greeks
They are descendent from Ancient Egyptians. Some became Christian and some later became Islamic. There was no genocide of Ancient Egytians and there was no great migration of Arabs into Egypt. Now, for the love of god can we stop having this deiscussion?
is this kind of what ancient egyptians looked like?
I think I read somewhere that all Egyptians are mixed, with the three most significant ancestries being ancient Egyptians, Arabs, and other north African groups. The Copts are believed to be the least mixed and more closely related to ancient Egyptians.