The Temple Mount Sifting Project was created in order to save as many ancient artifacts as possible from thousands of tons of this debris and to conduct archaeological research on the finds in order to cast more light on the history of the Temple Mount: a place of significance to billions of people throughout the world. Anything that happens on the Temple Mount resonates throughout the world Jerusalem is the most excavated city in the world, but no systematic archaeological excavation has ever taken place on the Temple Mount The Sifting Project is as close as anyone has ever come to excavating the Temple Mount itself. Our Finds Casting New Light on this Universally Significant and Hallowed Site Over 200,000 volunteers from all facets of society, both Israelis and foreigners, have taken part in sifting earth from the Temple Mount. This tedious task could not have been done without the help of a large number of people. This phenomenon of such a large number of participants has no precedent in the history of archaeological research. For your servants have cherished her stones, and have redeemed her dust (psalms 102: 14-15) The Dirt of the Temple Mount is in Your Hands. Join the Sifting.

The Sifting Project in Numbers


years of sifting


out of 5,210 tons of dirt sifted so far.


people participated in the sifting


uncovered artifacts waiting to be published in archaeological reports

Recent News

The Educational Value of a Stolen Pot Handle

The last part of the sifting activity is the summary, where the archaeologist on duty picks out a selection of the most interesting artifacts the group has found and arranges them on a tray, gathers the member of the group together and…

Find and Finder of the Month: Yarden Shor discovered an 8th Century CE Arabic inscription

Yarder Shor with a fragment of a Kufic inscription. The find chosen for this month was discovered by Yarden Shor, 7 years old, from Jerusalem, who took part in the sifting project towards the end of this summer. She revealed a piece of a…
School visit at the Temple Mount Sifting Project

Help Support the Participation of School Students in the Sifting

Now that the summer is over, and with incoming tourism still off the board, organized school trips remain as our major way of continuing the sifting. This is where you come in! You may now help fund school students at the sifting.

The History of the Temple Mount in 12 Objects

Egyptian amulet

Find of the Month

Nicole Perez with her find
Murex seashell found in the sifting
bone playing piece
John and the column fragment
Figurine fragment or Naya Korshaya
Dome of the Rock on Mother-of-Pearl Inlay
pearl bead and square mother of pearl inlay both found on the same day
Bone spindle whorl

Team Spotlight

Uriel Prince
Gabi with the holocaust torah scroll
Zachi sifting with young volunteers
Peretz Reuven
Hannah Ripps and Renata Roitman
Jennifer with mosaic stones in a bucket
Hillel holding a cake decorated with ancient Hebrew writing
Hands sifting over a sifting net

Temple Mount News

Mound of dumped Temple Mount soil.
Mound of dumped Temple Mount soil.
Evidence from artifacts from the Temple Mount
Map of the Temple Mount grounds
Violence on the Temple Mount - hand held up to stop
Crusader geometric floor patterns
Illegal Construction by the Waqf on the Temple Mount
New York Times heading - Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalems Holiest Place
Opus sectile floor on the Temple Mount
Waqf digging channels for sewage systems on the Temple Mount
Course of Ashlar stones at the bottom of a wall
Freshly excavated soil on the Temple Mount
Digging trench on Temple Mount
News Item - Debris removed from Temple Mount sparks controversy
Dismantled section of Eastern wall
Modern debris - mixed with Temple Mount soil - removed from the Temple Mount
Architectural marble stones from Byzantine and Early Moslem periods
Dumped Temple Mount soil

Video Tour to the Temple Mount

Videos from the Temple Mount Sifting Project