An Israeli archaeologist claims to have found the tomb of King Herod, the Roman-appointed ruler of Judea at the time of Jesus' birth. According to the Bible, Herod was responsible for the Massacre of the Innocents, when all male children under 2 years old were killed.
Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem claims to have found Herod's tomb while excavating the Herodium, a palace complex outside Jerusalem. After a 35-year search, Professor Netzer and his team discovered a 6.5m-wide staircase leading to the remains of King Herod's mausoleum, including an ornate limestone sarcophagus decorated with rosettes.
The Herodium is in the West Bank, in an area which has been occupied by Israel since 1967. The complex history and archaeology of the region means that previous excavations have been dogged by controversy, including claims by Palestinians that their cultural property has been destroyed or desecrated. The most controversial site is the Temple Mount, or al-Haram al-Sharif, where both Israelis and Palestinians have been accused of damaging the site and removing artefacts from it.
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