Herod the Great R.I.P.

herodion.jpgBreaking news is that archaeologists have [discovered the tomb of Herod the Great->http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,2074822,00.html].

It has been found in the Herodion (or Herodium) — one of a chain of massive, hilltop fortresses Herod constructed during his reign. It’s about 15km south-east of Bethlehem.

This is a hugely important discovery, if confirmed. However, at the moment, at least there is no sign of an inscription. So the identification seems to be based on the size and decoration of the tomb and the location. Except that the location is different from what archaeologists were expecting, since he doesn’t appear to have been buried in the official burial place but on the slope of the hill.

More opinion — and argument — to follow, no doubt.

  • [More detailed report->http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/122373]
  • [BBC: King Herod’s ancient tomb ‘found’->http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6633979.stm]
  • [Slideshow here->http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/events/sc/050807kingherod;_ylt=AmFdk0SFBPRcD5B_KF3HxCVxieAA]
  • [Telegraph pictures->javascript:newWindow(‘/core/Slideshow/slideshowContentFrameFragXL.jhtml;?xml=/news/2007/05/08/herod/herodpix.xml&site=News’,’Slideshow’,’height=570,width=750,resizable’);]

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