Professor Ehud Netzer, one of Israel’s most renowned archeologists, marked for his discovery of King Herod’s tomb in 2007, died on Thursday after succumbing to wounds related to a recent accident at the famed archeological site.
Netzer was seriously injured after falling down a six-meter drop at the Herodium site on Monday, as a wooden banister he had leaned on suddenly collapsed. He was rushed to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem with a fractured skull and neck vertebrae.
In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “Netzer’s tragic death is a loss for his family, for research into the heritage of Israel and for archaeology.”
Professor Netzer’s funeral will take place on 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Kiryat Anavim cemetery.