The Hasmonean Palace Pool in which the high priest Aristobulus III may have been drowned by Herod’s henchman in 36 B.C., as related by the first century historian Josephus. The view is from the height of the tell on which the Hasmonean Palace was built. The pool is divided in half by an 18 foot wide wall or podium (seen in the center of the picture) which is only half as high as the pool wall itself. Thus, half full, the pool consisted of two pools. Filled higher, it was one large pool, approximately 100 feet long and 60 feet wide. The first half of the pool is in the foreground. A workman stands on the podium which divides this pool from the next one. Behind him is the second pool. Each pool has a wide stairway, in the upper right hand corner, leading into it. Behind the pool in the distance is a small modern settlement at the broad mouth of the Wadi Kelt. The trees are grown with irrigated water from the springs in the Wadi Kelt. The minaret of a mosque can also be seen. The view is looking south toward the Dead Sea area. To the right the Wadi Kelt leads up to Jerusalem, about a half hour’s drive. To the left a few miles is the Jordan River. Behind the settlement are the Judean mountains, rising steeply from the Jericho Plain.