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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

17

years of sifting

4395

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

236383

people participated in the sifting

588960

uncovered artifacts waiting to be published in archaeological reports

Recent News

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Find and Finders of the Month: André and Daniela Lopes Found a Piece of a Stone Vessel

When we heard about the Temple Mount Sifting Project months before we planned our trip to Israel, we made sure to plan our participation. Being able to have the experience of touching such ancient and sacred materials was a unique opportunity!…
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The Deeper Meaning of the Temple and Your Part in Continuing Revealing it

The Jewish people commemorate and mourn the destruction of the Temple every year in the Jewish date 9th of Av. This year it turns on Shabbat, so the mourning will not take place tomorrow but on Sunday, the 10th of Av. The first days of the…

Find and Finder of the Month: Danielle Pinto of Florida found Another Cheater’s Game Die

“I really didn’t expect to find anything, but already in the first minute I found an amazing die!”, said Danielle Pinto of Florida after she found an ancient game die while sifting Temple Mount soil. A game die is always an exciting…

The History of the Temple Mount in 12 Objects

Egyptian amulet

Find of the Month

Doric column capital found in the sifting
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

Research

Special finds from the TMSP
Mycenean painted potttery sherd
Solomons-Stables - copyright IsraelImages.com
Finger-shaped fragment of Egyptian statue
Seal impressions
Evidence from artifacts from the Temple Mount
enigmatic ball-shaped find
handle with seal impression
assorted beads in a row
Peretz Reuven
Map of the Temple Mount grounds
reconstructed Opus Sectile tiles from the Temple Mount
Crusader geometric floor patterns
Egyptian amulet
Frankie lecturing on her Opus Sectile reconstructions
Opus sectile floor on the Temple Mount
Jewlry finds from the sifting
statistical distribution table of vegetables
figurine fragments from the sifting
Analysing statistical data from the sifting artifacts
Opus sectile marble slab sections

Video Tour to the Temple Mount

Videos from the Temple Mount Sifting Project