Você já descobriu um item da antiga Jerusalém? Não perca a oportunidade de participar em um trabalho arqueológico real.

O Projeto de Peneiramento do Monte do Templo é uma iniciativa única, acessível a todo o público. Molhe as mãos um pouco e toque em tesouros reais dos períodos do Primeiro e do Segundo Templo e depois; recupere artefatos que lançam luz sobre os velhos modos de vida.

Este grande projeto tornou-se possível devido a um evento infeliz. Vastos montes de solo, carregados de incontáveis artefatos arqueológicos, foram desenterrados ilegalmente e removidos do complexo do Monte do Templo. O Monte do Templo nunca foi acessível a escavações arqueológicas, mas esses montes de solos nos deram uma oportunidade rara e única para revelar artefatos arqueológicos enterrados no solo do Monte do Templo. Uma solução criativa foi criada para recuperar os tesouros escondidos dessa enorme quantidade de solo: o projeto desenvolveu uma técnica de peneiramento úmido que permite que residentes e convidados de Jerusalém participem do resgate, façam a descoberta de artefatos antigos e se conectem à herança do Monte do Templo de Jerusalém.

Mais de 200.000 pessoas já participaram da peneiração do solo antigo, tornando este o projeto arqueológico mais público do mundo. Até agora, milhares de artefatos foram extraídos de dentro do solo, incluindo moedas, ladrilhos do templo, armas antigas, sinetes e muito mais.

Você também pode encontrar pedaços de história e contribuir na sua preservação para as gerações futuras! Cada descoberta especial é registrada junto ao nome do localizador. Os visitantes que encontraram descobertas muito raras foram divulgados na mídia em todo o mundo. Animado? Junte-se a nós, e quem sabe o que você vai encontrar!

Porque os teus servos têm prazer nas suas pedras, e se compadecem do seu pó

(Salmos 102:14-15)

Como participar do peneiramento?

A participação no Projeto de Peneiramento do Monte do Templo envolve um programa de duas horas que inclui uma palestra introdutória e orientação sobre peneiração, a peneiração e um resumo no qual o guia explica a importância dos achados recuperados pelo grupo. Cada balde peneirado contém artefatos de todos os períodos históricos do Monte do Templo.

O trabalho de peneirar não exige esforço físico e os participantes não devem se sujar, mas podem se molhar. As condições do local são adequadas para todas as estações do ano.

Os participantes devem reservar com antecedência.

Opening Hours

Summer:

Sun-Thurs: 9am – 5pm (last entrance at 3pm)
*Fri: 9am – 1pm (last entrance at 11am)

Winter:
Sun-Thurs: 8am – 4pm (last entrance at 2pm)
*Fri: 9am – 1pm (last entrance at 11am)

* On Fridays the site is open only if the date is visible in the bookings table (the site is opened for bookings if a group of at least 25 participants has booked). For smaller groups and individuals it is recommended to try and book a Friday activity several days before.

Prices

35₪ for adults (aged 18 and above).

20₪ for children aged 7-17.

120₪ for a family ticket (1-2 parents/grandparents + up to 6 teenagers/children).

Free entrance for children under age 7.

Location and Directions

The sifting site is located in Mitzpeh HaMasuot, on Martin Buber St on the junction with Yizhaq haNadiv St (above the tunnel to Maaleh Adumim) , Jerusalem (google maps link). If you are experiencing difficulty in reaching the site, call the staff on 02-566-5491 (from a non-local telephone: +972-2-566-5491) or at our archaeology lab: 02-566-7067 (from a non-local telephone: +972-2-566-7067).

By public transport:

The site is a short walking distance from the following bus stops:

“Bet Sefer leChinuch/Buber, on bus 48א (this is the closest stop to the site)

“Bet Orot/Lampel”, on bus 48

“Har HaTsofim Tunnel/Martin Buber”, on bus 84

By car:

Directions to parking lots in the vicinity of the sifting site:

Paid parking – in the Hebrew University parking lot, at the end of Binyamin Mazar St. (google maps link / waze link) – to pay you will need the cellopark application on your mobile phone. After parking, cross the street in the direction of the sifting site which is surrounded by a fence of metal poles. A brown sign points to the site.

Free parking – in Hadassah Lampel St. (google maps link / waze link). Park at the beginning of the street, then return by foot to the start of the street, turn right and right again towards the sifting site entrance. N.B. do not walk in the direction of the Emek Zurim national park.

Please note – you cannot drive in the reverse direction directly back from the sifting site itself to Hadassah Lampel St.

Temple Mount Sifting project - map of how to get there

Volunteering

We are happy to accept volunteers, but since we need to invest in training volunteers, we ask potential volunteers to commit to at least fourteen days of work, and to be prepared to carry out work involving physical effort or office work (such as labeling pottery sherds). Volunteers at the site receive three days of training, which enable them to accompany groups and check the sifting results of visitors.

We do not provide transport or meals for volunteers, who are asked to make their own way to the site and to bring their lunch.

Please arrange voluntary work in advance, by calling us on +972-2-5665491 during work hours, or by email: contact@tmsifting.org.

Volunteers who would like to volunteer at our lab are may apply by sending their resume/CV to: contact@tmsifting.org. We will make contact with you if you meet the necessary requirements.

We are currently looking for help in the following areas: counting artifacts and data entry, studio photography, graphical editing and programming in ACCESS and SAS.

Archaeological students interested in helping out voluntarily as research assistants are likewise welcome to send us their resume.

Additional Tour Programs

For groups who wish to receive an enriched activity and a guided tour, we can provide the following programs:

  • A tour of nearby sites including: the Augusta Victoria lookout tower, the Yehudai Lookout and the Mount Scopus botanical garden, including the Cave of Nicanor.
  • An in-depth presentation covering the history and archaeology of the Temple Mount, including key artifacts recovered by the sifting project.
  • A full day walking tour highlighting the archaeology of the Temple Mount, including: A comprehensive archaeological tour of the Temple Mount*, the royal compound at the Ophel dated to the First Temple Period and the Jerusalem Trail (including the monumental tombs of the Kidron Valley, the Valley of the Kings and the Emek Tzurim National Park, ending at the sifting site at the Masu’ot Lookout). At the sifting site the group will receive an in-depth presentation on the Temple Mount Sifting Project and its finds, together with participation in the sifting activity.

*For those preferring not to enter the Temple Mount we offer an alternative tour including a walk around the Temple Mount’s walls and the Davidson Center.

For additional information regarding these programs please contact us at booking@tmsifting.org or +972-2-5667067

Book Your Sifting Now

* For same-day visits, you may call 02-566-5491

For further information please contact us at: booking@tmsifting.org