King Herod’s Tomb: An Archaeological Triumph
This is one of the most exciting archaeological finds in the 21st century, the discovery of the tomb of Jewish king Herod the Great, “a Roman client king who ruled the Jews with the ruthless paranoia of a Stalin or Saddam Hussein from 37BC until his death in 4BC…
“He killed three of his sons, executed one of his wives and ordered the massacre of the innocents…”
(“But he was also an able and far-sighted administrator who helped in building the economic might of Judaea by founding cities and developing agricultural projects. His most famous and ambitious project was the expansion of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.”)
The Independent reports: “Yesterday, on the powdery grey flank of an artificial mountain overlooking the Arab villages and Jewish settlements scattered across the Judean Wilderness, Israeli scholars presented their answer to one of the great mysteries of biblical archaeology: the tomb of Herod the Great.
“For Ehud Netzer, professor of archaeology at the Hebrew University, the find was the culmination of a 30-year search. Herod was known to have been buried at Herodium, the towering desert fortress he built for that purpose a day’s march south of Jerusalem.
“Herod’s tomb is no 21st-century Tutankhamen treasury. There are no bones, let alone a mummified body. What Professor Netzer unearthed on the West Bank three weeks ago were dozens of fragments of finely dressed pale-pink limestone, elegantly carved with rosettes, decorated stone urns and the remains of a stone podium 10 metres square on which the mausoleum is believed to have stood.”