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July 31, 2008

Bontty joins scholars from Egypt and Russia

ULM’s Dr. Monica Bontty, assistant professor of history, presented a paper at the Tenth UCLA-St. Shenouda Conference of Coptic Studies at UCLA July 18 – 19. Scholars from Egypt and Russia participated in the conference.

Bontty’s paper is titled "The Irish Debt to Egypt" or “How Copts helped Irish Monks Save Civilization.”

She received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and cultures from UCLA in 1997 with a specialization in Egyptian history, literature and languages. Bontty is conversant in all stages of the ancient Egyptian language, including Coptic (Egyptian written in Greek characters). She taught Egyptian at UCLA from 1998 to 2005 and Coptic at the St. Shenouda Center for three years.

Bontty has participated on digs in the Valley of the Nobles, Dra Abu Nagga, The Delta and the Sinai, as well as performing work concerning Native American and historical archaeology in Southern California.

Her publications cover philology (the translation and commentary of ancient texts), Coptology and ancient Egyptian law. Current research includes the Coptic-Hiberno connections, a homily on St. Michael in the British Library, an archaeological catalogue dealing with early Christian lamps of Palestine (with Bryan Butler) and numismatics (study of coins).

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