The name of the tombstone indicates a tradition that links it to a tombstone built by Absalom, the son of King David.
However, this is impossible due to the time period in which it was built.
The name Tomb of Absalom comes from the wrong assumption by Christian Pilgrims during the Middle Ages.
These wrong assumptions were not uncommon by Christian pilgrims and Crusaders, just like they wrongly assumed the Tower of David was King David’s palace.
In fact, modern scholars believe that may actually be the tomb of King Agrippa Herod’s grandson.
In part, this is because the near by Jehoshaphat Cave is a very large and ornamented cave that was used for family burial.
It is s believed by some to be the resting place Agrippa’s family members while he and his wife were buried in the so called “Tomb of Absalom.”