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      Photo Essay: Herod's Tomb Discovered in Gush Etzion

      The tomb of King Herod was discovered recently in Gush Etzion. Arutz-7 takes you there.
      By Ezra HaLevi
      First Publish: 5/10/2007, 11:50 AM

       
      A press conference in Hebrew University's Lewinsky Hall is called to announce the dramatic findings
      Professor Ehud Netzer addresses journalists, describing the discovery
      Professor Netzer stands before a photo of the dig site
      Prof. Netzer has searched for Herod's Tomb since 1972
      The tomb is within the circle
      Journalists from the world press examine the site
      Herod's sarcophagus (coffin) - the light line can be seen at the base of the stone
      The sarcophagus, which was broken, held Herod's body
      Fine carved rock can be seen on the bottom right
      The style of engravings helped the archaeologists date the finds

      Where the funeral precession is thought to have been
      The complex and funeral course - hypothesized map
      An overhead diagram of the sarcophagus
      Part of a jar thought to be used to hold ashes
      Another artifact
      Found in the hall, a smashed part of the tomb
      A diagram shows how the artifacts fit into the tomb
      A northwest view from the site


      (Photos: Josh Shamsi, Arutz 7 Photojournalist)