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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…

Follow Us on Our New Instagram Page!

To all our followers and visitors: We at the Temple Mount Sifting Project have recently opened our own Instagram account! If you'd like to hear the news about recent finds, view images and historical facts from our archival material, see day-to-day…
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Meet the Team Mondays: Uriel Joshua Prince

Uriel Joshua Prince - Uriel made Aliyah with his parents and six siblings from Monsey, New York, to Jerusalem. Following completion of high school at Hartman, Uriel attended the Hesder Program of Yeshivat Ma’alot. After his time in the yeshiva,…
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Find of the Month: Ancient Key Opens the Door to Mystery - Pastor Joe Putting

Along with the resumption of the sifting we decided also to revive our Find of the Month posts, fondly remembered from our years of sifting at the Tzurim Valley. This month we are excited to announce the discovery of a fragment of an ancient…
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Our New, State-of-the-Art Greenhouse!

We're excited to announce that our host at the Mitzpe HaMasuot site has finished building our new, state-of-the-art greenhouse! Due to our location next to the peak of Mount Scopus, we have noticed that the winds have gotten quite strong as…

A Visit from the Alumni of the Ecole Polytechnique!

This past week at the Temple Mount Sifting Project, we had the great honor and pleasure of hosting the reunion tour of the Class of 1962-65 from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique of Paris. This group of retirees, many of whom have never been…