Edouard Naville and Francis Llewellyn Griffith are often referred to as the first archaeologists to see the importance and grandeur of the Great Temple at Bubastis and it is their descriptions and findings which continue to draw modern day archaeologists to the site of the once magnificent temple and city. So unique was this temple that thanks to the work of Naville and Griffith, several Pharaohs who would have never been identified, had it not been for their association with the Great Temple complex at Bubastis, were able to be for their reigns and contributions to Egyptian history. Throughout this lecture we will follow the excavations of Naville and Griffith at the temple, their conclusions and discoveries, and examine the importance of the temple to the interpretations of the city’s destruction and its recognition in ancient history as one of the most important cultural sites associated with Egypt.
Matthew Prythero is the current Treasurer of the Egyptian Study Society. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Denver after graduating in 2016. Matthew has been interested in Ancient Egyptian history since his primary school days and has studied specifically on the feline worship culture and the city of Bubastis. Matthew currently works for the U.S. Department of State where he continues to pursue his dedication to the preservation of the past through diplomatic and economics means.