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How to Participate in the Sifting?

Participation in the Temple Mount Sifting Project involves a two hour program which includes a 30 minute introductory lecture and sifting guidance, and an hour of sifting, followed by a summary in which the guide explains the significance of finds recovered by the group. Each bucket sifted contains artifacts from all historical periods of the Temple Mount.

The sifting work does not require physical exertion and participants are not expected to get dirty, but they may get wet. Site conditions are suitable for all seasons of the year.

Participants should book in advance.

Opening Hours

Summer:

Sun-Thurs: 9am – 5pm (last entrance at 3pm)
Fri: 9am – 1pm (last entrance at 11am)

Winter:
Sun-Thurs: 8am – 4pm (last entrance at 2pm)
Fri: 9am – 1pm (last entrance at 11am)

Prices

*The special introductory deal for the first 4,000 participants has finished!

The reduced tariff for sifting during weekdays Sun-Thur is:

Sunday-Thursday:

35₪ for adults (aged 18 and above). Introductory price 25₪

25₪ for teenagers/children aged 12-17. Introductory price 20₪

15₪ for children aged 7-11. Introductory price 10₪

120₪ for a family ticket (1-2 parents/grandparents + up to 8 teenagers/children). Introductory price 70₪

Free entrance for children under age 7.

Friday:

35₪ for adults (aged 18 and above).

25₪ for teenagers/children aged 12-17.

15₪ for children aged 7-11.

120₪ for a family ticket (1-2 parents/grandparents + up to 8 teenagers/children).
Free entrance for children under age 7.

Location and Directions

The sifting site is located in Mitzpeh HaMasuot, 14 Martin Buber, Jerusalem (google maps link).

By public transport:

The site is a short walking distance from the following bus stops:

“Bet Sefer leChinuch/Buber, on bus 48א (this is the closest stop to the site)

“Bet Orot/Lampel”, on bus 48

“Har HaTsofim Tunnel/Martin Buber”, on bus 84

Google maps:

By car:

Directions to parking lots in the vicinity of the sifting site:

Paid parking – in the Hebrew University parking lot, at the end of Binyamin Mazar St. (google maps link / waze link) – to pay you will need the cellopark application on your mobile phone. After parking, cross the street in the direction of the sifting site which is surrounded by a fence of metal poles. A brown sign points to the site.

Free parking – in Hadassah Lampel St. (google maps link / waze link). Park at the beginning of the street, then return by foot to the start of the street, turn right and right again towards the sifting site entrance. N.B. do not walk in the direction of the Emek Zurim national park.

Please note – you cannot drive in the reverse direction directly back from the sifting site itself to Hadassah Lampel St.

Temple Mount Sifting project - map of how to get there

Volunteering

We are happy to accept volunteers, but since we need to invest in training volunteers, we ask potential volunteers to commit to at least fourteen days of work, and to be prepared to carry out work involving physical effort or office work (such as labeling pottery sherds). Volunteers at the site receive three days of training, which enable them to accompany groups and check the sifting results of visitors.

We do not provide transport or meals for volunteers, who are asked to make their own way to the site and to bring their lunch.

Please arrange voluntary work in advance, by calling us on +972-2-566-7067 during work hours, or by email: contact@tmsifting.org.

Volunteers who would like to volunteer at our lab are may apply by sending their resume/CV to: contact@tmsifting.org. We will make contact with you if you meet the necessary requirements.

We are currently looking for help in the following areas: counting artifacts and data entry, studio photography, graphical editing and programming in ACCESS and SAS.

Archaeological students interested in helping out voluntarily as research assistants are likewise welcome to send us their resume.

Book Your Sifting Now

* For same-day visits, you may call 02-566-5491

For further information please contact us at: booking@tmsifting.org