Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Archaeologist finds tomb of King Herod


An Israeli archaeologist has found the tomb of King Herod, the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem and the Holy Land, according Hebrew University.

The tomb is at a site called Herodium, a flattened hilltop in the Judean Desert, clearly visible from southern Jerusalem. Herod built a palace on the hill, and researchers discovered his burial site there, the university said.

The university had hoped to keep the find a secret until it could hold a news conference Tuesday to disclose the find in detail, but the Haaretz newspaper found out about the discovery and published an article on its website.

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