Top archeologists condemn Israeli plan to rebuild ancient tombWell it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
The plan, promoted by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Gush Etzion Regional Council, includes rebuilding the tomb of Herod the Great in West Bank.
By Nir Hasson (Haaretz) Tags: West Bank Jerusalem Israel archeology
An unusual plan to rebuild the tomb of Herod the Great at the Herodium site, southeast of Jerusalem, has spurred opposition on the part of top archeologists.
The plan, which is being promoted by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Gush Etzion Regional Council, includes building a lavish mausoleum in its original size out of light plastic material, and turning it into a visitor’s center. The plan is the first of its kind in the realm of Israeli archeological digs, as most sites consist of either miniaturized or renovated historical sites that use the original materials found at the site.
Best quote in the article: "'It’s crazy - Archeology is not Disneyland,' said one top archeologist who asked to remain anonymous."
Background on Herod's tomb (if that's what it is) is here and links.
UPDATE (1 February): Todd Bolin comments skeptically on the report.