Interview with Dr. Zahi Hawass, Director of the Pyramids

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/excavation/hawass.html
NOVA: Do most Egyptians today feel an ancestral link to the ancient Egyptians?
Hawass: Of course, because we are the descendants of the pharaohs. If you look at the faces of the people of Upper Egypt, the relationship between modern and ancient Egypt is very clear. Habits in the villages, our celebrations when we finish a project, are similar to what they had in ancient Egypt. After someone dies, we make a celebration after 40 days, just like the ancient Egyptians did during the mummification process. Everything in our lives is like ancient Egypt.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahi_Hawass
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_nationalism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egypt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Arabic