|Remains of a tomb in the Hinnom Valley|
According to Acts 1:18-20, Judas purchased a field outside of Jerusalem where he committed suicide. Until now there was little if any interest in locating the tomb of Judas since many scholars assumed that his body was either eaten by wild animals or buried in a common dirt grave. Some even doubt whether Judas was a real person. But the discovery of this tomb will certainly renew interest in Judas as a historical figure as well in the gospel that bears his name.
According to archaeologists the tomb was uncovered by a bulldozer clearing the way for a parking lot being built for a future Bible theme park. The park is the brain child of the Orlando, Florida based Holy Land Experience operated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network owned by Paul and Jan Crouch. The network recently purchased the land in order establish a second location for the popular theme park. Operators of the park believe that it will provide a more authentic pilgrimage for tourists visiting the Holy Land and will help cut down on the long lines typically experienced at the real holy sites. There are even rumors that a replica of the Jerusalem Temple will be erected on a hill overlooking the temple mount where the Dome of the Rock is located.
At this point no one is sure if construction will continue on the park or if the area around the tomb will be blocked off and preserved while archaeologists study it. I suspect that there will be some lag time between the official announcement and the release of more information. But from what I understand, photos of the tomb have revealed a surprisingly rich and ornate final resting place for the most infamous traitor. The photos and the full story can be seen here.