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.

Ezra HaLevi ,

Professor Ehud Netzer
Professor Ehud Netzer
(Photo: Josh Shamsi)
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)