The assertions of the Archaeologists (of whom even good and
reputable ones are often seriously ignorant about language)
who came to your school are almost certainly hot air.
1) the history of Welsh as a Celtic language descended from
the Indo-European family is well known and well described.
Coptic or proto-coptic or whatever these guys were comparing it
to is from a different language family, meaning that any relationship
would have to date back to before the proto-indoeuropean period
(3500-5000BC) & thus comparisons to Modern Welsh
(dating from 1400AD) would have serious anachronism problems
(like comparing modern English to 3rd millennium BC Chinese).
2) The names Cleopatra and Ptolemy are not, of course,
Egyptian at all, but Greek, as both these individuals were
descended from Alexader the Great's general Ptolemy, who took
Egypt as his share of the Empire after Alexander's death.
Greek, is, however, Indo-European & so bears some possible
comparison to Welsh (though the time-lapse is also troublesome
3) ANY two languages, given the limited vocal apparatus
of humans, will have an overlap in sound and sense of
anywhere from 5-10% just on the basis of raw accident.
The word for "people" is the same in Irish and Navaho
(doine & dene, both pron. roughly "di-neh"); this is an
As for archaeology, Cleopatra lived at the same time as
Julius Caesar when the British Isles were coming into the
Roman Empire and into their trade sphere. I know of nothing
Egyptian in the British Isles from before that date
(bearing in mind, for instance, that Stonehenge is
OLDER than the Egyptian pyramids) and nothing in Egypt
from what later becomes Wales.
Just out of interest, who are these guys and what is
Prof. Daniel F. Melia, Chair [log in to unmask]
Dep't. of Scandinavian and
Program in Celtic
Univ. of California (510) 642-4484
Berkeley, CA 94720
U.S.A. FAX (510) 642-2988