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Archaeologists sketch out Herod's desert palace


JERUSALEM (RNS) Archaeologists who have analyzed artifacts discovered at Herodium, an ancient Judean palace built by King Herod, are more convinced than ever that the famed monarch was buried high atop the complex outside Jerusalem.

Herod, the king of Judea from 37 to 4 BC, built such monumental structures as the Second Jewish Temple, the mountaintop palace at Masada, and the palatial Herodium complex.

The vast desert palace, which included a grand residence, a mausoleum, a theater and large pools, baths, and gardens, was the largest of its kind in the Roman world of that time, Hebrew University archaeologists said.

An exhibition of Herodiumís artifacts is slated for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in 2010.