Israel plans King Herod exhibition

17th Jan 2013

An exhibition dedicated to the biblical King Herod will open in Jerusalem next month.

The Israel Museum will host the nine-month exhibition, which will look at the architectural legacy of the king, who ruled Jerusalem and the Holy Land under Roman occupation 2,000 years ago.

About 30 tons of artefacts will go on display from February 12, including the reconstructed tomb and sarcophagus of the king.

Called "Herod the Great", the exhibition is the museum's largest and costliest archaeological project ever, according to museum director James Snyder.

After a 35-year search Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer believed he had found the Jewish proxy monarch's tomb in 2007.

It was found at the Herodion - the king's winter palace on a hill in the Judean Desert, near to Bethlehem.

Three sarcophagi were found at the tomb, one of which is believed to be Herod's.

"It's not 100%. But archaeology is never about 100%," said co-curator Dudi Mevorah. "The circumstantial evidence points to one man."

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