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Bibil Identifier bibil:247327
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Revisiting the Mausoleum at Herodium: Is it Herod's Tomb?
Author Patrich, Joseph
Author Arubas, Benjamin
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 147, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 299-315 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract An attentive examination of the impressive finds of the mausoleum uncovered in 2007 in Herodium has demonstrated that these are not in accord with the characteristics of Herodian architecture as postulated by the late Prof. Ehud Netzer. The following four arguments show that this monument, which was indeed built by Herod, did not serve as his eternal resting place:
• Its moderate dimensions.
• The absence of an appropriate gateway to the burial ground, and an adequate assembly space around the tomb.
• A stratigraphic argument: The stairway leading up to the palace-fortress on the hilltop leaves the mausoleum ‘in its shade’, being also overlaid on top of the single irrigation pool that served the small garden that had surrounded the tomb.
• The absence of any correspondence between the axis of symmetry of the mausoleum, and that of Greater Herodium, indicating that these two were entirely different building projects.
Two alternative proposals are presented for the possible locations of the tomb, which might have disappeared.
DOI 10.1179/1743130114Y.0000000018
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L) : Herodium / Herodion / Jebel Fureidis
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Roman Period (from 63 BCE) : On the Threshold of the Christian Era (63-4 BCE) : Herod the Great (37-4)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Burial (Places and Customs)
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