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.…

International Women's Day 2018

Girl Power at the Sifting Project! Today is International Women’s Day and I want to gloat about the amazing women working for the Temple Mount Sifting Project. We really have a special workplace because we have such a high percentage…

Mycenaean Imports Early in Jerusalem's History

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Evidence of Greeks on the Temple Mount

Amphora handle from the Temple Mount dates to the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes IV, the villain of the Channukkah story.
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Peretz Reuven: Islamic History Recorded

Staff Spotlight hits Peretz Reuven, expert in Early and Late Islamic Cultural Heritage

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Bronze Age Pottery Sherd (1950-1550 BCE)

The pottery sherds that predate the First Temple period are scarce (less than 0.5%), mostly pottery sherds from the Middle Bronze Age II (1950–1550 B.C.E.).

Mycenaean Pottery Sherd (14th Cent. BCE)

An imported piece of Mycenaean pottery, which came by way of the Aegean Sea in the 14th century BCE.

Hand-burnished Pottery of the Early First Temple Period (10th-9th Cent. BCE)

The tableware in the First Temple Period was commonly decorated by burnished stripes. This pottery style begun in the 10th century BCE with hand burnished striped, which was gradually replaced by wheel burnishing in the 9th - 6th centuries BCE. This assemblage of early Iron Age II pottery is considered to be rare in Jerusalem, since the most common First Temple period finds are usually from the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in the 6th century BCE.

Iron Age Pottery Sherds (10th Cent. BCE - 586 BCE)

The pottery from the First Temple period (Iron Age), about 5% of the total, has a higher proportion of jugs and juglets relative to other sites. Besides the common pots, some sherds have been identified as fragments of chalices, stands, rattles and other cultic or unique objects. The pottery from the First Temple period dates from the 10th century BCE to the destruction of the Temple in 586 BCE. In the picture sherds of rims from various types of Iron Age Pottery.

Pottery Shards of Various Eras

Pottery sherds of many periods.