In 2007, after decades of searching, Professor Ehud Netzer discovered Herod's tomb on the slope of Herodium in the Judean Desert. The discovery of the tomb was a direct continuation of his important excavations at Herod's palaces in Jericho, Cypros, Caesarea, and Masada – sites that he had thoroughly studied and about which he had extensively written - and it was undoubtedly the pinnacle of his career.
Ehud was a partner in the planning of this exhibition and its accompanying publication. In September 2010, in the course of work on the exhibition, he suffered a fatal fall in the theater he had excavated adjacent to Herod's tomb. The exhibition and publication, which were supposed to have been a joint undertaking between Ehud and the Israel Museum, have become a memorial to the man who was both our teacher and our colleague. They are dedicated to his memory.
Ehud Netzer at Herodium, just before his fatal fall
Photo © Andrei Vainer