The sifting greenhouse

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…
sifting in action - volunteers

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…
TMSP artifacts at the Rockefeller exhibition

TMSP Lends Armenian Ceramics to “A Glimpse of Paradise” Exhibition

     In late September a new exhibition titled ‘’A Glimpse of Paradise’’ opened at the Rockefeller Museum of Archaeology. The exhibition, organized under the auspices of the Israel Museum, and in collaboration…
Elkin sifts the first bucket
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Marvelous Opening Day

Well, it's been a week since our grand (re)opening and we're still catching our breath. The preparations were hectic, but boy, was it worth it! We would like to thank to everyone who came to show their support, as well as those who couldn't…
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Great Article on Times of Israel

We wanted to publish a post about our grand opening events on Jerusalem day, but no need to do that since Amanda Borschel-Dan already did it in very nice and extensive article in the Times of Israel. Here's the link: Shabbat…
sorting artifacts for the opening exhibition

Complete Pandemonium Towards the Jerusalem Day Exhibit

Hey there, Ladies and Gents! So, the lab is in complete pandemonium and we have been working around the clock to prepare the Jerusalem Day exhibit. When we scheduled the opening of the new sifting site to the first Sunday in June, we were…
Flier for sifting exhibition

Special Finds Exhibit – and the Future of the Sifting

For those who haven't read our previous announcements, and for those who haven't yet heard, we're resuming the sifting activity in a new site, which will be inaugurated on the coming Jerusalem Day. On this day, the public is invited to come…
flier for renewed sifting activity
new site for the sifting: mitspeh hamasuot

Two Important Announcements

Dear friends and supporters, this time we have two important announcements for you: First the bad news. The government's promises of funding have not been fulfilled. In September 2016, Prime Minister Netanyahu publicly vowed to fund the project,…
gibeon sealing found in the sifting

The History of the Temple Mount in 12 Objects: #3 The Late First Temple Period

As we continue with our 12-post series on objects in the history of the Temple Mount, let us turn to the Late First Temple period – Iron Age IIb-c, in the 8th through 6th centuries BCE. During this time of the year, multitudes of business…
Unveiling Jerusalem film - poster

French Film Answers the UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution

The film, Unveiling Jerusalem, by the French producer, Pier Rehov, answers the UNESCO Jerusalem resolution. The Sifting Project appears throughout the film. The film can be viewed and purchased at the following link:          
Haggai sorting pottery in the lab

Not as you thought: The most significant archaeological work is in the lab and not at the dig…

Many people ask us, what kind of processing do we do on our material before publishing - and why does it take so long? For a quick answer, take a look at the photo below - it tells us a little about the donkeywork behind the processing of artifacts.…