July 31, 2021

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Excavations reveal remains of what is believed to be King Herod’s throne room

Archaeologists were seen excavating the ruins of what is believed to be the throne room of Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great, in the fortress of Machaerus near the Dead Sea, in current-day Jordan.

Footage from Tuesday shows the re-erected columns from the royal court yard and other parts remaining from the palace. The ruins are believed to be where King Herod ordered John The Baptist beheaded.

While little information remains about the Herodian dynasty. The Judean king Herod the Great ruled over the area until his death, believed to be in 1 or 4 BCE, when he was succeeded by his son Herod Antipas.

Excavations began in 1968 at the fortress, which overlooks the Dead Sea and its surrounding historical sites, and continue to this day with a Hungarian team of archaeologists, searching for more clues in the ruins.