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Well-known Israeli archeologist Ehud Netzer remained in critical condition
Wednesday at Hadassah-University Medical Center, Ein Kerem, two days after he
suffered a serious fall during a dig at the Herodion archeological site in the
Netzer was reportedly leaning against a wooden railing on
Monday when it gave way.
He fell nearly 10 feet before landing – only to
roll and fall an additional 10 feet. He suffered fractures in his cranium and
vertebrae and was rushed to Hadassah in critical condition.
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; three years ago, he found the site of Herod’s
grave – a discovery that was considered the pinnacle of his career.
he 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
In 1978, 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.