Israel Museum opens King Herod exhibition

15th Feb 2013

Artefacts from King Herod's private household have been put on public display in a new exhibition at a museum in Israel.

After four decades of excavation work at Herodium, a total of of 250 items have been made available for public viewing as part of the Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

They include the divisive figure's bath and decorations that adorned his palace, which was located on a hilltop just outside of Jerusalem.

King Herod, who died in the year 4 BC, ruled what is now Israel and the West Bank for more than 30 years. Sections of the palace have been recreated for the exhibition, including a mock-up tomb of where King Herod was laid to rest.

This tomb contains what experts believe is his excavated sarcophagus.

Other features of the exhibition include several busts and statues, as well as a one-piece stone bath that was excavated from the site.

The finds mostly come from the period when the Romans occupied the Holy Land and made Herod the monarch of Judea.

James Snyder, director of the Israel Museum, describes the exhibit as "the largest archaeological project in the museum's history."

It will run for nine months.

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