Mennat-Allah El Dorry holds a Ph D in Egyptology from the Institut für Ägyptologie und Koptologie at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster with a work entitled “Monks and Plants: A Study of Plant Foodways and Agricultural Practices in Egyptian Monastic Settlements”. She studied archaeology at University College London and received a Master degree in 2007 with a thesis entitled “Archaeobotany and Complex Societies: A Look into Changes in the Archaeobotanical Record between Egypt’s Predynastic and Dynastic Periods”. Beside her studies, she has worked in Egypt as an archaeobotanist, archivist, surveyor and illustrator. Her investigations at Topoi contribute to the work of research project (A-2-4) The Neolithic in the Nile Delta. As a member of the “Imbaba Prehistoric Survey” which includes the new fieldwork project at Merimde Beni Salama and above this runs alongside with the mentioned Topoi project, Mennat-Allah El Dorry`s studies focus on plant remains from ancient Egypt by identifying the chronological order in which the different species’ types appear within settlement context at Merimde Beni Salama to better understand the arrival of domesticated species in the Delta, and in Egypt.