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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Palace of Herod Antipas Discovered?

Tiberias, Israel -- A First Century CE marble floor was recently uncovered during excavations at the ancient site of Tiberias, near the Sea of Galilee. According to Professor Yizhar Hirschfeld, Director of the excavation, it may well be remnants of the pavement of the palace of Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great. Herod Antipas ruled the Galilee area from 4 B.C.E. to 38 C.E. He is best known from the New Testament story that recounts the event where Salome, the daughter of Herod Antipas' wife, danced in exchange for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Other finds of this season's dig include a Roman-Byzantine period street, coins with depictions of Jesus, mosaics and remains from the Islamic period.

See the website for the weekly reports of excavation progress, including photographs. There will be opportunities to participate in a new session in the fall of 2005. Watch for updates at the website and at this site for details.


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