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MISTAKENLY IDENTIFIED as the “Tomb of the Kings” of biblical Jerusalem, this funerary monument was built in the mid-first century C.E. some 750 yards north of the Old City. Modern scholarship assigns the burial complex to Queen Helena of Adiabene and her royal family from what is today northern Iraq. But was the foreign queen the original commissioner of the monument? French archaeologist Jean-Baptiste Humbert believes there is much more to the story.