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ALPHA offers lecture on King Herod’s tomb

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity will present its first lecture in the spring series at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in room 102 of the Jack Arends Visual Arts Building on the Northern Illinois University campus.

Professor Ralph Burin, of the Department of Art History at Harper College, will present “The Long Lost Tomb of King Herod the Great at Herodium.”

Burin spent time at the excavation site of King Herod’s tomb in Israel and will discuss his experiences there.  

In February 2013, the Israel National Museum in Jerusalem opened with the world’s first exhibit to the archaeological legacy of biblical King Herod, the Jewish proxy monarch who ruled Judea under Roman occupation more than 2,000 years ago. The exhibit includes the remains of Herod’s tomb and sarcophagus.

King Herod was known for his ambitious building projects and his funerary arrangements are described in great detail. Yet the precise location of the tomb was lost to history. In 2007, Professor Ehud Netzer believed that he had found the tomb after spending 35 years of his career looking for it. Although the tomb was empty of human remains, evidence indicates it is Herod’s long lost tomb.

Burin will discuss the importance of Netzer’s findings and the significance of the museum’s archaeological exhibit.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Founded in 1971, ALPHA is dedicated to the study of the archaeology, literature, philosophy, history and art of the ancient world.

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