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King Herod's Tomb a Mystery Yet Again
LiveScience ^ | October 16, 2013 | Tia Ghose

Posted on 10/19/2013 6:37:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Documents from the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus suggest Herod was buried at the Herodium, laid out on a gold bed draped with opulent fabrics, and thronged by the entire army and a massive funerary procession, said Joseph Patrich, an archaeologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

But Herod's exact burial place remained a mystery for thousands of years.

Then, in 2007, archaeologist Ehud Netzer announced he had discovered the king's final resting place. The tomb was a 32-by-32-foot (10 by 10 meters) building with a pointy roof and three coffins. One of these coffins, an intricately carved red stone, was alleged to be the tomb of the great king. A large exhibit about the tomb is currently on display this month at the Israel Museum. (Netzer died in 2010 in a fall not far from the excavation site.)

Unfit for a king

Now, Patrich and his colleague Benjamin Arubas, also of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, are claiming the tomb isn't Herod's at all.

The rather modest structure is too small for the master builder to have envisioned for himself, and the poor planning and design are also uncharacteristic, Patrich and Arubas say.

For instance, the building is small compared with other royal tombs of the day.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: flaviusjosephus; godsgravesglyphs; herod; herodthegreat; kingherod; letshavejerusalem
A tomb thought to be Herod's may not be after all. Certain design elements, such as two staircases on top of the mausoleum that block entrance, aren't in keeping with the master builder's deisgn, experts say [Credit: Joseph Patrich]

A tomb thought to be Herod's may not be after all. Certain design elements, such as two staircases on top of the mausoleum that block entrance, aren't in keeping with the master builder's deisgn, experts say [Credit: Joseph Patrich]

1 posted on 10/19/2013 6:37:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 10/19/2013 6:38:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

At least this is better than the “Jesus ossury” story. But in a lighthearted refrain, here is a satire from “The Onion”: http://www.theonion.com/articles/religious-scholars-discover-jesus-christ-delivered,34217/


3 posted on 10/19/2013 8:12:38 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: SunkenCiv
I read about that this morning. Very interesting.
Sometimes there were faux tombs to discourage the tomb raiders. Herod is buried SOMEWHERE over there, to be discovered SOMEday...or his tomb has already been ransacked.
4 posted on 10/19/2013 8:32:42 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: SunkenCiv
The great king's exact whereabouts remains a mystery, but there are many parts of the complex that have yet to be excavated, Patrich said ...

What a find that would be.

5 posted on 10/19/2013 9:06:05 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: SunkenCiv

Love these stories. Amazing times we live in that we can even uncover such antiquities and debate them.


6 posted on 10/19/2013 10:54:47 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv
"The coffins in the tomb were made of local limestone and red stone, not the elaborate marble, or even gold, that would have suited Herod's grand tastes."

It's hard to enforce ones "grand tastes" when one is dead. Maybe those in charge of the burial didn't have such "grand tastes" for the king?

7 posted on 10/20/2013 5:08:48 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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The discoverer thought that the structure of the tomb used to be much taller and grand, and had been pulled apart for building stone.


8 posted on 10/20/2013 5:59:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“He’s dead Jim”- Spock to Kirk.
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9 posted on 10/20/2013 7:31:27 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: cloudmountain
Already ransacked is my bet. Possibly by his own family.

This could be his tomb - after the original was looted. Or, IIRC, Herod “The Great” was much hated at the time of his death. Perhaps they put him in a modest tomb to hide him from folks who would want to desecrate his grave.

10 posted on 10/21/2013 6:35:24 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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Already ransacked is my bet. Possibly by his own family. This could be his tomb - after the original was looted. Or, IIRC, Herod “The Great” was much hated at the time of his death. Perhaps they put him in a modest tomb to hide him from folks who would want to desecrate his grave.

I agree with BOTH your suppositions.

Herod wasn't hated for no reason, was he? (Rhetorical)

11 posted on 10/21/2013 9:42:32 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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He killed a number of members of his own family.

He burned alive 40 students and 2 teachers for objecting to having the Roman Eagle God placed at the entrance of the Temple.

He had a group of dignitaries rounded up with orders to have them killed after his death so there would be morning.

All in all not a pleasant guy to have around.

12 posted on 10/21/2013 9:51:30 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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He killed a number of members of his own family.
He burned alive 40 students and 2 teachers for objecting to having the Roman Eagle God placed at the entrance of the Temple.
He had a group of dignitaries rounded up with orders to have them killed after his death so there would be morning.
All in all not a pleasant guy to have around.

He didn't do it alone, either. Those minions in power that were HIS favorites kept him in power. LOTS of baksheeh handed out, I assume.

13 posted on 10/22/2013 6:12:22 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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