The Jews of Jerusalem were able to point to a tombstone, that according to their tradition, was the “Absalom’s Pillar” in question. The site is mentioned in two sources that were recorded close to the destruction- Antiquities of the Jews and the Copper Scroll, however it is unclear where this “Absalom’s Pillar” was located.
At the time, a wealthy Jew decided to build a burial vault for his family. Workers carved an impressive monument out of the cliff abutting the Kidron Valley, on the slope of the Mount of Olives, and exactly opposite the Temple Mount. However, his building plans called for such an enormous monument that the height of the cliff was insufficient and additional building material was needed to complete the top part of the tombstone. Inside the tombstone, two places were carved out for the head of the family and his wife and an extensive burial chamber, numbering eight rooms, was designated for family use for future generations.
In designing the rich style of the gravestone, the stonemason artist used all the techniques at his disposal- quarter pilasters, half and quarter columns, triglyphs and metopes, rope ornaments, plant replicas, Persian, Doric and Egyptian styles- all in line with the luxurious standards of the Roman-Oriental world. However, two things are missing.
The first should not really surprise us- an art history student touring Rome who would come across such a structure would immediately call out: Where are the statues and drawings of animals and man? But here in Jerusalem, the capital of the Kingdom of Judah, it is unthinkable to do such a thing.
The real drawback is the lack of the name of the important person buried within. It is possible that an inscription disappeared over the ages or that there was no need for an inscription in the first place, for every Jew living in Jerusalem at that time certainly knew who the tombstone belonged to, but we are left to wonder. Various signs indicate a possible surprising answer. Maybe King Agrippa was buried here? It seems we will never know for certain.