Renowned archaeologist Ehud Netzer died of his wounds at the Hadassah Ein Kerem
hospital in Jerusalem Thursday night, days after he fell during an
On Monday Prof. Netzer was hospitalized in critical condition
after a wooden railing he leaned on gave way, at the Herodion archeological site
in the West Bank.
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The 76-year-old archeologist is one of the foremost
experts on Herodion, a man-made mountain built by King Herod near Bethlehem.
Netzer has carried out digs at the site for more than three decades, and three
years ago, he found the site of Herod’s grave – a discovery that was considered
the pinnacle of his career.
He fell around 3 meters before landing, only
to roll and fall an additional 3 meters. He suffered fractures in his cranium
and vertebrae and was rushed to Hadassah in critical condition.
family said his organs will be donated. His funeral will take place on Friday 10
a.m., at the Kiryat Anavim cemetery.
Digs that Netzer performed in 1968
in Jericho unearthed a Hasmonean winter palace that sported bathing pools and
gardens, widely considered the most significant archeological site dealing with
that period in Jewish history. The digs also unearthed the Jericho synagogue,
considered the largest Jewish house of worship ever discovered.
Netzer finished his PhD dissertation at Hebrew University, which focused on
Herod’s palaces at Herodion and Jericho. He became a senior lecturer at the
university in 1981, where he has taught ever since.