One of the scientists behind the discovery, Professor Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Archaeology, said that the location and unique nature of the findings, as well as historical records, leave no doubt that it is Herod's burial site that has been found.
Herod was a prolific builder and was responsible for projects including the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the complex at Herodium.
The latter was Herod's grandest project and where he chose to be buried and memorialised.
With monumental stairs over six metres wide, scientists have described the approach to the burial site as one of the most striking to be seen in recent years in Israel.
At the top of these stairs in the mountain are a palace, a fortress and a monument.
The mausoleum was almost totally destroyed in ancient times but found among the ruins were decorated urns and a large, unique sarcophagus.
Other archaeologists involved in the find were Yaakov Kalman and Roi Porath.
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