Ritmeyer Archaeoligical Design

 Dr. Leen & Kathleen Ritmeyer:
The finest dimensional drawings & models
in the archaeological world!

Dr. Leen & Kathleen Ritmeyer , the highly respected and brilliant archaeological designer, produces the finest dimensional drawings and models in the archaeological world. One views ancient sites with new clarity… on every level.

Go directly to these works for any level of study. This is the standard for true excellence. These works are breathtaking, exciting, accurate and informative. It simply does not get any better than this!



Ritmeyer Archaeological Design began in 1983, producing posters and booklets as a response to the demand for educational materials on the subject of Biblical Archaeology. Since then, it has not only greatly expanded its product range, but grown into a firm that offers consultancy on archaeological background and illustration to groups as diverse as Hollywood movie companies, National Geographic, the ESV Study Bible and the new GLO Bible study computer program.

Herod the Great Exhibition in the Israel Museum

Posted on June 4, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer

Last March I was able to visit this exhibition and it took my breath away. We were fortunate to have special permission to film before the exhibition was opened to visitors as I was part of a team making a documentary for the National Geographic.

Circular tholos of Herod’s Funerary Monument on the left, with his theatre box in the background. On the right are two sarcophagi found at the site of Herodium.

As has been widely reported e.g. Todd Bolen’s Bible Places, the Israel Museum has now put on their website a “VIRTUAL TOUR” for those who cannot see the exhibition for themselves. The front page of the website has many interesting links. German speakers can also follow a tour of the exhibition by David Mevorah, the curator of the exhibition. (HT Alexander Schick)

Model of Herodium, Herod the Great Exhibition, Israel Museum.

I was naturally drawn to the beautiful model of Herodium that accompanies the exhibition of the remains of Herod’s Funerary Monument and the Theatre. As I found that the theatre was built too deep into the surface of the model, I created my own reconstruction drawing:

Herodium – Upper Palace, Funerary Monument and Theatre. © Leen Ritmeyer

The drawing shows the Upper Palace on top of a man-made hill, with the monument and theatre built on opposite sides of the stairway leading to the palace. The steps of the theatre are cut out of the natural bedrock side of the mountain.