Flavio Josefo

There in order to reveal the rest of the days of Herodes, the expedition was forced to first discover a great complex of Byzantine structures (including a church) effort that demanded many years of excavations. The Estate of Tumba included two monumental buildings and an ample ritual bath (mikve) as well as the long way (350 meters in length and 30 meters in width) that was preparation for the funeral. When were not signs of the site of the burial in himself within the Estate of Tumba, the expedition began to look for it in the slope of the hill, although it seems not to have doubt that the initial intention of the king was to be buried in the estate and that only in a while later of its life apparently when it aged changed to seem and asked to be buried within the artificial cone that gave to the hill of Herodin its present volcano form. The main historical source of the days of the Second Temple, the historian Flavio Josefo, has described the site of Herodin in detail, as well as the funeral of year 4 a.E.C., but it does not knock down it properly. He wrote the following thing: the funeral of the king occupied its attention later. Arquelao, without omitting nothing that could to contribute to its magnificencia, contributed all the real ornaments to accompany the procession in honor by the deceased. The funeral litters were of solid, tachonado gold of precious stones, and had a cover of purple, embroidered of several colors: in this I milk rested the body, surrounded in a mantle purple, a diadem surrounded its head covered by a gold crown, the sceptre next to its right hand. About the coffin they were the children of Herodes and the multitude of his relatives; these were followed by the guards, the contingents of Thracians, Germanic and Gallic, all equipped like for the war.