Israeli archaeologist dies after fall at King Herod dig

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Ehud Netzer, the Israeli archaeologist credited with discovering the tomb of the biblical King Herod, has died after falling during a dig. He was 76.

The Hebrew University professor died on Thursday from injuries sustained when a railing gave way at the Herodium archaeological site in the West Bank.

Prof Netzer had worked at the Herodium site for more than 30 years before he located King Herod's palace in 2007.

Israel's prime minister released a statement mourning his death.

"His tragic death is a loss to his family, researchers of Jewish heritage and science and archaeology," Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

Following the discovery of Herod's tomb, Prof Netzer went on to excavate an elaborate mausoleum and three shattered sarcophagi believed to be those of Herod and two of his wives....

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