“Queen Helena’s Jerusalem Palace — in a Parking Lot?” (R.S. Notley and J.P. Garcia)

may-june-20141In the most recent BAR (Biblical Archaeology Review 40/3 [May/June, 2014]) AJCO director, Steven Notley and colleague, Jeffrey García, co-authored the feature article “Queen Helena’s Jerusalem Palace — in a Parking Lot?” The article partly deals with the discovery of a palatial residence discovered on the western spur of the City of David. The archaeologists suggest that this may be the palace of Queen Helena of Adiabene—a Jewish convert who assisted the inhabitants of Jerusalem during the days of famine shortly after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. The article, however, also deals with the Adiabenes’ final resting place, The Tomb of the Kings. The Tomb of the Kings is the most magnificent tomb to be discovered in Jerusalem. This is the first time in BAR’s history that an article that extensively surveys the tomb as well as questioning whether the long held assumption regarding the identification of the inscribed sarcophagus with Queen Helena holds under the weight of critical examination. See additionally the online component to the article “Sarcophagus Sleuthing” where we discuss the tomb entrance and other sarcophagi (w/ images) from the tomb that are located elsewhere in Jerusalem and the Louvre.

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