Photo: New Finds at King Herod's Tomb: 2,000-Year-Old Frescoes



Archaeologists in Jerusalem announced in November 2008 that they have found well-preserved, 2,000-year-old Roman paintings of windows and outdoor scenes at King Herod's elaborate administrative, residential, and burial complex—Herodium.



The find help confirms the king's lavish tastes. The window painting style existed in Rome and Campania only between 15 and 10 B.C. Researchers believe Italian artists were brought to the Holy Land to decorate this theater, as happened at a site in nearby Jericho.



Photograph by Gabi Laron


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