Ehud Netzer, an Israeli archaeologist renowned for his excavations of projects of King Herod, has passed away in Jerusalem following a fall at Herodium a couple of days ago. Limited details are posted at the blogs of Jim West, Menachem Mendel, and Aren Maeir, as well as the Jerusalem Post.
His fall was reported today in the Hebrew press here, here, and here. Netzer excavated at Herodium, Masada, Caesarea, Jericho, and in Jerusalem. His recent work, The Architecture of Herod, the Great Builder, is an excellent survey that makes available to the public the decades of his research. His death is a great loss to many. May his family and friends be comforted.
HT: Joe Lauer
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This is sad news. I interviewed Netzer in his home about 17 and a half years ago. He was a very cordial host, and absolutely convinced he would find Herod's Tomb. He did, it only took him another dozen years or so.
According to a message on the ANE-2 mailing list today (Thursday) from Joe Zias in Jerusalem, who has spoken to the Netzer family, he is still alive though in critical condition.
Kevin – he has passed away. For details on the funeral arrangements, see http://gath.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/prof-ehud-netzer-has-passed-away-2/
Yes, unfortunately, he died later in the day. Yet this does not excuse the earlier erroneous reports of his passing.
May his memory be for a blessing.