Temple Mount Sifting Project, Jerusalem

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In 1999, the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement conducted illegal renovations on the Temple Mount and disposed over 9,000 tons of dirt mixed with invaluable archaeological artifacts into a makeshift garbage dump in the Kidron Valley. Innumerable artifacts were destroyed or lost, veritable treasures that would have provided a rare glimpse of the region’s rich history. In 2004, The Temple Mount Sifting Project was born under the direction of archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barakay and Zachi Dvira in order to sift through this neglected earth and to find, preserve, and research the artifacts dating to every time period of the Temple Mount’s rich history. These artifacts represent the first-ever archaeological data originating from below the Temple Mount’s surface.
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  • June 6, 2017
    We loved this activity and would highly recommend it. But finding the location was not fun. The instructions we received by email were in Hebrew. The instructions on the website are not for the siftin...  more »
  • February 16, 2017
    This is a great place to go with families or on your own. The project sifts through dirt recovered from the illegal excavation on the Temple Mount. Thousands of important artifacts have been recovered...  more »
  • January 24, 2017
    We never would have heard about this project had it not been for the hot tip from our tour guide. You get to sift through soil that has been excavated from beneath The Temple Mount!! The project is ve...  more »

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