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King Herod's tomb may have been found
May 8th, 2007

Israeli archaeologist said they have found the tomb of King Herod on a hill called Herodium located on south of Jerusalem and not far from the city. The Herodium is a well known flattened hilltop in the Judean Desert where in the 1970s a big palace was found.
Ehud Netzer, an archaeologist of the Hebrew University, said a team of researchers found some pieces of a limestone sarcophagus believed to belong to the ancient king. This is suggested from some of the details of the sarcophagus that are too precious to be from a common burial.
"It's a sarcophagus we don't just see anywhere," Netzer said at a news conference. "It is something very special."

As agreed by other experts this could a major discovery, but cautioned further investigations are needed, because no inscriptions were found. "We're moving in the right direction. It will be clinched once we have an inscription that bears his name," said Stephen Pfann, a textual scholar not involved in Netzer's excavations.


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