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The sifting has stopped…

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 and publish the research on the half a million artifacts that have already been found. 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 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.

We are currently working to raise the funds necessary for the next four years to complete and then publish our research. Once we reach our research goals, we will be able to resume the sifting of Temple Mount material. We have been working to procure government support for the last year, but we still need your help. You can visit www.half-shekel.org to learn more about ways to help and get involved.

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. When we will resume the sifting of Temple Mount material, it will be at a different site than Emek Tzurim.

However – Here’s how you CAN participate

Tours of our Research Lab and the Temple Mount…

Though we still don’t have the government funding necessary to restart the sifting, you can still help. For our supporters, 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 www.half-shekel.org . It’s one of the gifts. We also offer group tours of the Temple Mount with either Dr. Gabriel Barkay or Zachi Dvira: experts on the Temple Mount and directors of our project.

These tours are our way of saying thank you to our supporters. For these gifts, the donation collected goes to support our project’s research and the process of resuming the sifting itself. Not only is it a great experience for you and your family, but it is an enormous help to our project. You help us to preserve the heritage of Jerusalem’s past. You help to ensure that facts, reality, and the heritage of all people who are connected to the Temple Mount is protected and published. You help us uncover facts that will hopefully lead to educated discussion about this most important heritage site: The Temple Mount

Want yet another way to  learn about the Temple Mount? 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.

65 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbra Wagner
    Jun 03, 2008 @ 08:18:21

    I will be in Jerusalem in December after volunteeering at the BAP project (http://acl.arts.usyd.edu.au/bap/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=62) I would love to spend a day with the sifting team and the project. Can you please advise if this is possible?

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  2. Lisa Plummer
    Sep 28, 2008 @ 20:47:17

    Dear Friends,
    We participated in the dig in September with the homeschool group comprised of families from US, Canada and Australia. We cannot thank you enough for the incredible experience that you provided for all of us. We found three coins and a pendant charm during our brief time with you, in addition to all kinds of stones and bones, marble and mosaic tiles. Thank you for all of yoru help, patince and guidance. Aaron, I also must apologize if I offended you in any way at the end of our visit. I was the woman who prayed for you and please know that my heart was just overflowing with blessings for you and the team and I did not mean to do any harm. Please forgive me if I did.
    Thank you again for the tremendous work that you are doing on behalf of Israel and the world. The best is yet to come!
    May God Bless the work of your hands and hearts,
    Lisa Plummer, 9/08

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  3. Lisa Plummer
    Sep 28, 2008 @ 20:47:56

    Dear Friends,
    We participated in the dig in September with the homeschool group comprised of families from US, Canada and Australia. We cannot thank you enough for the incredible experience that you provided for all of us. We found three coins and a pendant charm during our brief time with you, in addition to all kinds of stones and bones, marble and mosaic tiles. Thank you for all of your help, patince and guidance. Aaron, I also must apologize if I offended you in any way at the end of our visit. I was the woman who prayed for you and please know that my heart was just overflowing with blessings for you and the team and I did not mean to do any harm. Please forgive me if I did.
    Thank you again for the tremendous work that you are doing on behalf of Israel and the world. The best is yet to come!
    May God Bless the work of your hands and hearts,
    Lisa Plummer, 9/08

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  4. RaiulBaztepo
    Mar 29, 2009 @ 10:44:45

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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  5. Arogartinia
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 04:28:21

    FANTASTIC!

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  6. Lia Mason
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 04:55:40

    I highly recommend this project to any visitor to Jerusalem or anyone who cares about the First and Second Temple Periods of the Mount. This was one of the four “must do” things that I planned for my second visit to Israel (near Sukkot; October 2008). There, I found all the staff the most welcoming people that I have ever met in my whole life! Add to that, simply touching the dirt of the first Temple period and beyond–made this experience one of my most memorable and heartwarming times in my entire life! A sifter can only hope that they found something to fit a missing historic puzzle but until it is all analyzed, one may never know. This project must continue the search and research, so I highly recommend that you support this worthy project; then it will be there later, for you to experience, also!

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  7. Ruth
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 22:39:41

    Spent a morning with the project on a visit to Israel earlier this month and I can’t recommend it highly enough. What an amazing experience! Even though none of my finds was “the find of the century”, it was amazing to think of the significance of what we were doing.

    When the guide handed me my certificate, I read the words, “Thou wilt arise, and have compassion upon Zion; for it is time to be gracious unto her, for the appointed time is come: For Thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and love her dust (psalms 102: 14-15)” and saw that the dust was still on my fingers, I just cried!

    Thank you and Kol HaKavod!!!

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  8. Lindsay Ingalls
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 05:07:10

    I particpated in the ABR Sifting Project Tour in January. It was an awesome experience to sift Holy Ground!!! So exciting to find pottery, bones from the sacrifices, mosaics, Roman glass, a coin, and an ancient nail. The soil was gray- filled with ashes from the sacrifices. Meeting so many wonderful people and sharing a special experience was life changing!! It was wonderful!! I encourage you to visit Israel and volunteer in this important project.

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  9. Tommy Chamberlin
    May 08, 2014 @ 16:40:21

    I am leading a tour to Israel starting next week and as part of our schedule I insisted we spend a morning at your project. We are with Faith Based Expeditions and are scheduled to volunteer on your dig the morning of May 18th. I have followed your work for some time and look forward to our time with you. If you can advise us I am curious what project you are working on so I can advise our group? Thank you so much for your time and look forward to our time with you,

    Tommy

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  10. TMSP
    May 12, 2014 @ 15:55:49

    We are happy to here that you will be spending the morning of 18th of May with us. I didn’t understand your question regarding what project are we working on?

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  11. Tommy Chamberlin
    May 13, 2014 @ 03:39:34

    My apologies for the confusion – I was only inquiring if u are currently working on sifting soil from the Temple Mount or if you are currently doing wet sifting from another location?

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  12. TMSP
    May 13, 2014 @ 09:21:15

    Visitors and volunteers sifting only the Temple Mount dirt. The dirt from other excavations are being sifted by our staff members.Currently, our staff members sift dirt from IAA excavations in the City of David Herodian street, and dirt from the foundations of the Temple Mount western wall foundations.

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  13. Tommy Chamberlin
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 17:27:19

    I just wanted to leave a comment here thanking your staff for a wonderful experience at the Temple Mount Sifting Project for our group. As our tour leader I insisted our group visit your site and volunteer for a couple hours. It was a wonderful experience for myself and our group – I’d highly recommend any tour group traveling through Israel put your site on their must do list. Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to be “amateur archaeologists” for a couple hours – I look forward to news and reports from your site in the coming years as I can now feel I have invested of my time in your work.

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  14. Roberto Cole
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 23:37:47

    Is it possible to simply visit and observe without sifting?

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    • TMSP
      Jul 08, 2014 @ 11:19:29

      yes. It is possible just to receive the introduction lecture.

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  15. Chris
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 04:36:28

    Who would we contact to volunteer?

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  16. TMSP
    Jan 15, 2015 @ 10:45:11

    For volunteering (seven days or more) please call our office at: 972-2-6280342

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  17. Rachael
    Feb 26, 2015 @ 00:17:12

    I will be in Israel with my family in late December 2015 – early January 2016. I would like to organise for my family to participate in this archaeological experience. Please let me know:

    1. what dates and times we can come and participate (in late December/early January)
    2. how to confirm a booking for this activity
    3. whether there is any cost

    Thanks

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    • TMSP
      Feb 26, 2015 @ 12:33:20

      Please contact our booking office in the City of David Visitors Center (see link above)

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  18. Sheldon Salzberg
    Sep 03, 2015 @ 17:45:03

    In 2009 I volunteered at the TM Sifting Project for three weeks in July. I have since retired with my wife and we are now 19 months in from making Aliyah. We are finishing ulpan and have more time on our hands. I would like to continue to volunteer, perhaps one or two days a week, at the project. I especially liked helping visitors come and find items, that were not easy to see. (Didn’t like the dry sifting much, but I understand the need.)
    Please let me know if this is possible. I am setting up a schedule of classes that I will attend and several days are still free. What are your needs?

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    • TMSP
      Sep 03, 2015 @ 20:00:39

      Shalom Sheldon,

      Please call our office regarding this. The number is +972-2-6280342.

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  19. Fred
    Dec 14, 2015 @ 12:14:17

    Hi

    How can I register in advance for 1-2 days volunteering in December?

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  20. Rinjani Trekking
    Jan 16, 2016 @ 16:23:42

    I was trying to contact, but no any response

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