Join the Remote Sifting!

Would you like to travel to Israel and personally discover Jerusalem’s glorious history - but are stuck at home because of the virus? Then try the next best thing! The Temple Mount Sifting Project is now offering “Remote Sifting”! “Remote…
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Temple Mount Sifting Project Symposium

In celebration of Jerusalem Day, the Temple Mount Sifting Project will conduct an on-line study session (via Zoom), with a series of lectures on the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, presented by the Sifting Project research team. Registration…

Expanding Our Sifting Possibilities in Accordance to Covid-19 Limitation

The Temple Mount Sifting Project is continuing its operation and is expanding! Despite the situation in which we find ourselves due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have decided not to shutdown, but to keep on going!   How can you…

Check Out Our New Virtual Exhibition

For all those who couldn't attend our exhibition that was displayed at the new sifting site’s grand opening last year, we've made a virtual exhibition available for you on our website. The artifacts displayed are just glimpse of what was…
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Passover Update

We are all facing troubled times. Here at the Temple Mount Sifting Project we have chosen to continue sifting, even without guests or volunteers. We want to keep the fire burning, a sort of eternal flame. The present situation is forcing all…
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Special Update Following the Coronavirus Pandemic Crisis

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic reaching Israel in early March and leading to the Israeli border closure as well as government orders calling for social distancing, the new sifting site experienced amazing progress. We received many bookings…
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KI10 Here We Come!

When we transported the piles of Temple Mount soil debris from their initial dumping sites, we hypothesized that the piles were not evenly and completely mixed, but rather were distributed like a lightly tossed salad, such that different…

Find & Finder of the Month: A Bulla of an Unknown Type, Discovered by the Schwartzes

This month we present you with Miriam and Elie Schwartz, of Philadelphia, PA, who found a small pottery shard, which may look unimportant at first glance (even to some of our seasoned archaeologists). However, on careful examination, some interesting…
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Meet the Team Mondays: Daniel Shani

Daniel Shani is one of the full time staff members here at the Temple Mount Sifting Site, and can usually be found in the lab conducting research, and occasionally giving tours on-site. Daniel was raised in the town of Maale Adumim, but…

Meet the Team Mondays: Dorit Gutreich

Dorit Gutreich currently serves in part as an on-site archaeologist, and in part as a researcher in the laboratory of the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Dorit was born in a kibbutz near Beit She'an, but was raised in Jerusalem where she currently…
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Meet the Team Mondays: Esther Esquenazi

Esther Esquenazi - Esther grew up in Upstate New York, but is more recently from the town Elazar. Esther graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in History, and a minor in Education. In addition to studying public history, Esther extensively…

The History of The Temple Mount in 12 Objects: #4 The Early Second Temple Period

Rejoice! Our series - The Temple Mount in 12 objects is back! We turn our attention now to the Persian Period. The Persian Period begins in 539 BCE, with the conquest of Babylon by Cyrus the Great and ends in 333 BCE, when the forces of…