Discoveries continue at Herod's desert palace

Monarch likely buried atop complex
Archaeologists who have analyzed artifacts discovered at Herodium, an ancient Judean palace built by King Herod, are more convinced than ever that the famed monarch was buried high atop the complex outside Jerusalem.

Herod, who was the king of Judea from 37 to 4 BC, built such monumental structures as the Second Jewish Temple, the mountaintop palace at Masada and the palatial Herodium complex.

The vast desert palace, which included a grand residence, a mausoleum, a theater and large pools, baths and gardens, was the largest of its kind in the Roman world of that time, Hebrew University archaeologists said.

At a press conference November 18 at the university, researchers said they have been able to determine that the mausoleum where the fragments of Herod’s sarcophagus were discovered was “a lavish two-story structure with a concave-conical roof, about 25 meters high,” a structure consistent with Herod’s tastes and stature.


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