Marvelous opening day

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Well, it’s been a week since our grand (re)opening and we’re still catching our breath.

The preparations were hectic, but boy, was it worth it! We would like to thank to everyone who came to show their support, as well as those who couldn’t make it and send their well-wishes from afar. Here’s a shout out to all those who attended the opening ceremony, including speakers Shur Antebi, Shlomo Zwickler, MK Yoaz Hendel, Min. Zeev Elkin, and our very own Dr. Barkay and Zachi Dvira; To all the people that got a chance to be one of the first to sift through a bucket at the new sifting installation (did you find anything exciting? share in the comments below!); to everyone that took part in the exhibit – both those that worked countless hours to put it together, and all those who came to see the fruits of our labor – you make it all worthwhile.

Min. Elkin sifting the inaugural bucket

We are Sorry to say that the exhibit was strictly a one-day event, but stay tuned for future announcements as our little museum moves into virtual space, where you’ll be able to visit anytime and view all the artifacts up close, and maybe put in your two cents about some of our more puzzling finds (read about them in the pre-exhibit article). The exhibit held a plethora of exhilarating finds from all ages, including our signature piece – the Immer bulla. But we must apologize to those who were looking for it during the few hours it was removed from the exhibit; we do have a good excuse, though – after his speach, Min. Elkin headed to the special Jerusalem Day Cabinet meeting, and he requested the bulla be brought to showcase the ancient Jewish connections to Jerusalem.

And lastly, we’d like to thank the members of the press who were in attendance, and wrote a few nice pieces on the event and the project. Go ahead and click the links – the articles are worth the read!

Visit our Facebook page for more experiences from the grand opening, and check out this video on our YouTube page for first-hand experience of the day’s events!

PM Netanyahu examining the Immer bulla

Great Article on Times of Istael

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We wanted to publish a post about our grand opening events on Jerusalem day, but no need to do that since Amanda Borschel-Dan already did it in very nice and extensive article in the Times of Israel.

Here’s the link:


Shabbat Shalom and Happy Shavuot

Complete Pandemonium Towards the Jerusalem Day Exhibit


Hey there, Ladies and Gents!

So, the lab is in complete pandemonium and we have been working around the clock to prepare the Jerusalem Day exhibit.

When we scheduled the opening of the new sifting site to the first Sunday in June, we were just planning on having a modest affair, and raising a toast with some long-time friends.
But when somebody opened a calendar and saw that our reopening comes out on Jerusalem day, we knew we had to do something bigger, and that’s when the idea for the exhibition was born.

At first, we were going to showcase a few dozen items, but we got a little carried away and we lost count around the 300th artifact. Its a good thing that some artifacts are currently being studied and cannot be shown, or we would have never been able to choose.
As it is, despite time constraints (these type of exhibitions are usually prepared over 3-6 months, not 3 weeks!) and the fact that we could never hope to encompass all aspects of the discoveries made by the project, we think we’ve done a pretty good job! However, with all this running around, we only had time to prepare item descriptions in Hebrew, so if you come to the exhibit – ask, and we’ll translate it for you on the spot!

So come along, and enjoy the show! We will showcase the sacred, the mundane, coins, weapons, architecture, and much more. Alongside the main exhibit will be 22 enigmatic items which, frankly, have us stumped – the public is encouraged to suggest solutions.

The exhibition Will take place for one day only, June 2nd, 11:00am – 9:00pm. Don’t miss it!

Haggai Cohen, the exhibition curator, sorting and selecting finds for the showcase.

Special Finds Exhibit – and the Future of the Sifting

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For those who haven’t read our previous announcements, and for those who haven’t yet heard, we’re resuming the sifting activity in a new site, which will be inaugurated on the coming Jerusalem Day. On this day, the public is invited to come and sift free-of-charge, and we’re holding a one-off exhibition of special and enigmatic artifacts found in the sifting (see flier below). The sifting activity requires advance registration (more details here).

During the past two years, the project has concentrated on research work in the laboratory, working towards scientific publication of the finds, and the sifting of the remaining soil was put on hold. However, we saw that the remaining soil heaps were in danger of erosion and of mixing with illegal refuse dumps in their current location, and we realized that we can no longer wait, and we have to resume the sifting at once. However, in order to keep the sifting going during it first year of operation, we need a significant amount of donations. Sadly, the government’s promises of funding have not yet been realized, and we are still dependent on public support.

We are inviting you to take a part in the re-establishment of the sifting facility, in a new site, which will enable the project to continue the rescue of artifacts from the heart of our heritage, their research and publication, and to make them accessible to the public. You can donate to the project via our crowdfunding site and receive in return great perks such as: replicas of special artifacts found in the sifting, and membership of Friend of the TMSP, which includes a one-year free entry pass for the family to the Temple Mount sifting activity.

We chose the half-shekel coin, found in the sifting, as the logo for our donations site, since this coin symbolizes the idea of a broad community cooperative effort subsidizing a monumental enterprise that otherwise could belong only to the very wealthy. Donations in the spirit of the half shekel enable each and every one to take part in the rescue and exposure of the legacy of the most important site in our people’s history. This responsibility is not limited to a small group of archaeologists. We are speaking here of immensely significant information, which has the potential of influencing the the Jewish, Christian and Muslim populations all over the world – half of mankind!

If each one who receives this post will make his personal effort and donate his “half-shekel”, the project’s efforts won’t need to be diverted to fund-raising, and the project will be able to finish within its projected timetable. 

We greatly appreciate your support. Please donate here today

(donations are recognized for tax-deduction in Israel, the US, Canada and the UK).

The Temple Mount Sifting Project Team


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