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Unearthing Herod the Great

Unearthing Herod the Great

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Unearthing Herod the Great
By Tzippe Barrow
CBN News - Jerusalem Bureau
May 9, 2007
CBNNews.com- JERUSALEM, Israel - There is no more exciting place inthe world for archaeologists than the Land of the Bible. And the long-awaited discovery of Herod the Great's burial site, announcedyesterday, is significant for Jews and Christians.At Tuesday's press conference, Professor Ehud Netzer of the HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem Institute of Archaeology presented his team'sfindings from Herodion (or Herodium), the sprawling hilltop residencebuilt by the Roman-appointed king of biblical Judea.For Netzer, his two assistants, Yaakov Kalman and Roi Porath, andmany others who have helped excavate the site over the past 30years, it was a momentous occasion. The discovery of Herod theGreat's burial site and all its accompanying artifacts will no doubt spurmore excavation at Herodian.
The Excavation of Herodion
 The excavation of Herodion began on a small scale in 1972. But in1980, with the government's decision to convert the area to a nationalpark, the scope of the excavation grew.In 1987, the first intifada (armed uprising) brought the work to a halt.After a 10-year hiatus, archaeologists picked up where they'd left off and continued until 2000, when the second intifada again made it toodangerous to work there.In 2005, after a year of relative quiet from terrorist attacks, Netzer andhis team were able to continue excavating the site.Located some nine miles southeast of Jerusalem near the present-daycommunity of Tekoa in the Gush Etzion bloc, it is one of severalmonumental building projects of Herod the Great.Others include Masada, the mountaintop desert fortress, and theMediterranean coastal city of Caesarea. Herod also refurbished theSecond Temple and rebuilt other areas in and around Jerusalem.
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