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CROWNING FEATURE. Standing several feet tall, this urn decorated the mausoleum’s roof on the slope of Herodium. Believed by archaeologist Ehud Netzer to be the tomb of Herod, the mausoleum reached a height of more than 70 feet and was crowned with a conical roof, adorned with five urns. While four of the urns stood at the roof’s base, the fifth was placed in the roof’s center on top of a large Corinthian capital. This architectural feature bears a strong resemblance to the urns that grace the well-known Khazneh and Deir burials in Petra, Jordan (see “Tombs for Mighty Rulers”).