Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Herod's tomb finally discovered?

I got some great news in my mail box this morning. Seems like something in least one aspect positive happened in holly land Israel. Ehud Netzer (Hebrew University archaeologist) is leading the search for Herod's tomb for 35 years. The kings winter palace and tomb are located at the Judean desert, in an Israeli-controlled part of the West Bank south of Jerusalem.
One month ago Netzer's team started unearthing limestone fragments, and got out an ornately carved sarcophagus with decorative urns. Something of that type discovery was never before found in the Holy Land. the sarcophagus are something special, unique. The complete sarcophagus would have been about nine feet long.
Herod was the Jewish proxy ruler of the Holy Land under imperial Roman occupation from 37 B.C. His most famous construction project was expanding the Jewish Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Remnants of his extensive building work in Jerusalem are still visible in Jerusalem's Old City, and he undertook major construction projects in Caesaria, Jericho, the hilltop fortress of Masada and elsewhere.

At the excavation site, on the steep, rocky slopes of a cone-shaped hill 2,230 feet high, Netzer's assistant, Yaakov Kalmar, said that an account of Herod's funeral by the first-century historian Josephus Flavius left little doubt that it took place at Herodium. The newly discovered tomb was regal in its opulence.

"We have here all the attributes of a royal funeral," Kalmar said. "We didn't find inscriptions so far... The work is not finished."

The site sits halfway up the hill, atop a warren of tunnels and water cisterns built to serve the palace at the summit.

It is just great they found that tomb, no matter if the bones are not there. It is always amazing to discover something hidden from human eyes and hands till right moment. We hope it will bring a little piece of understanding of blood that was split on holy land ground.


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