How to Participate

Our Deepest Apologies

Unfortunately, the sifting of material from the Temple Mount has been stopped. We plan to resume the sifting as soon as we have procured the funding necessary to complete the research on the hundreds of thousands of artifacts that have already been found and publish our research. This will allow us to update or change the methodology used to sift the remaining 30% of the Temple Mount soil as necessary and in response to our current research.

We are currently working on raising the full research funds needed for the next four years and including the funding necessary to reach an advanced stage of the publishing process for the first four volumes of our research. If we succeed in raising the full funding needed within the next few months, we will hopefully be able to resume the sifting as early as 2018.

We apologize to all of you planning to come and sift with us! We will miss you and we hope that you will join us when we are able to restart the sifting in the future.

Note: The City of David will continue to sift at the sifting site in Emek Tzurim, but the soil will be from other Israeli excavations and is not associated with this project. You can see more information about their activities here. If we resume the sifting of Temple Mount material, it may be at a different site than Emek Tzurim.


Though we still don’t have the government funding necessary to restart the sifting, we are offering tours of our research laboratory where you can see all of our special finds and learn about them from one of our expert archaeologists. Check out our crowdfunding page at http://www.half-shekel.org . It’s one of the gifts. We also offer group tours of the Temple Mount with either Dr. Gaby Barkay or Zachi Dvira: experts on the Temple Mount and directors of our project.

We also have a YouTube playlist of Temple Mount tours given by our directors.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Do you want to get involved even if you can’t come and sift with us? Consider donating to help us complete our research of the amazing artifacts found by the Project and to hopefully restart the sifting. Donate Here.

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eric Johnson
    Feb 10, 2018 @ 17:06:36

    Any chance the sifting project opens up again by mid-March? Eric


    • templemount
      Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:46:18

      I’m afraid not.


  2. John S Pakan
    Feb 23, 2018 @ 07:16:55

    …by mid April?


    • jenn
      Mar 20, 2018 @ 14:06:10

      We’ve been in the process of applying for government funding for almost a year now. We will not have received the funding and been able to create a facility for sifting the material by mid April or even most likely by the summer.


  3. Tom Billiet
    Mar 20, 2018 @ 09:18:14


    We’re in Jerusalem from april 3-april 8. Are there possibilities to join a group tour of the Temple Mount in that period? Is it OK with kids (6 and 8 years old)?

    Tom and Diane


    • jenn
      Mar 20, 2018 @ 14:03:20

      Hi Tom and Diane, my apologies that I only just saw your message. We don’t run regular tours of the Temple Mount. For sure it would be interesting for children. If you want to do a tour with one of our experts, it is a gift option from our crowdfunding campaign where all the proceeds go to support our research. Here is a link to that particular gift: https://half-shekel.org/fund/?project_id=98&step=1&chosen_reward=2927

      Enjoy your trip to Israel!


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