Roman Governor

In its place was only part of his well built podium or base, built with Ashlar (dressed stone) in size and way not previously revealed at the Herodion. For more clarity and thought, follow up with Jorge Perez and gain more knowledge.. Among the many items of high architectural quality, the majority of which well decorated, that are deployed among the ruins, lies a group of decorated URNs (made in the shape of special bottles that were used to store ashes of bodies). Other similar is said to be the important funerary monuments of the Nabataean world. The polls have a triangular cover and were decorated on the sides. Scattered among the ruins are the parts of a great and unique sarcophagus (about 2.5 meters long), made of limestone reddish jerosolimitana, which was decorated with rosettes. The sarcophagus had a triangular CAP that was decorated on its sides.

It is believed with certainty that this was the sarcophagus of Herod. Very similar sarcophagi are known in the country only and can be found only in elaborate tombs like the famous in the King’s Tomb in the Selah Street when in eastern Jerusalem. Even though inscriptions have not been found at Herodium, the sarcophagi or residues construction, they might be found during the excavations continued. It is noteworthy to highlight the fact that the sarcophagus was broken into hundreds of pieces, no doubt deliberately. This activity, including the destruction of the monument,. apparently took place between the years 66 and 72 C.E. during the first revolt against the Romans Jewish, while the rebel Jews were in possession of the place, according to Josephus and archeological evidence. The rebels were known for their hatred of Herod and everything he represented as a puppet of the Roman Governor. The search for the tomb of Herod, which actively began 30 years ago, focused until the middle of 2006 in the lower Herodium, in an area that was without doubt, especially built for the funeral and burial of the King the premise of the Tomb.

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