Herod's tomb and grave found at Herodium

By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Staff

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced Monday night that it has
uncovered the grave and tomb of King Herod, who ruled Judea for the
Roman empire from circa 37 BCE.

According to a press release from the Hebrew University, the news of the
archeological find at Herodium was to be announced Tuesday morning at a
special news conference, and was to be kept secret until then, but the
discovery by Haaretz of the story had led to the premature announcement.

The tomb was discovered by Hebrew University Professor Ehud Netzer, who
is considered one of the leading experts on King Herod. Netzer has
conducted archeological digs at Herodium since 1972 in an attempt to
locate the grave and tomb.

The discovery solves one of Israel's greatest archeological mysteries.
Additional details will be made available at the Tuesday press conference