Many archaeologists have tried to find the tomb of King Herod the Great. The American scholar Edward Robinson identified his grave 1838 to Herodium, the hill and palace south of Jerusalem, close to Bethlehem. Conrad Schick later undertook own investigations at the site and confirmed what Robinson had thought.

The most interesting findings by Schick was the water aqueducts or channels that transported fresh water to Herodium from the Salomon’s Poole’s in Jerusalem. Schick made maps and wrote articles about his findings that was published both in London and Basel through Palestinian Exploration Found (PEF) and Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins (ZDPV).

The tomb of King Herod the Great itself was not found until 2007, as Professor Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, found his resting place.

Herodium from above, picture from Wikipedia


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