The Temple Mount is an historical jewel of innumerable facets, offering each person their individual perspective of the Mount. Whether religious or secular, layman or scholar, the significance of the Temple Mount in the past, as well as the present, is clear to all. While the brilliance and magnitude of the Temple Mount may overwhelm the onlooker, it is exactly this unique and deeply personal narrative which our exhibition aims to illuminate. The heart of our exhibition’s mission is to uncover a finely detailed story into which the identity of every artifact is woven.
Two decades ago, a great travesty occurred when nine thousand tons of earth, laden with countless archaeological artifacts, were removed from the south-east area of the Temple Mount and dumped in the Kidron Valley. The Temple Mount Sifting Project was founded in an effort to rescue these priceless artifacts, and eventually to become the world’s largest communal antiquities salvage effort, attracting hundreds of thousands of volunteers from across the globe and unearthing over half a million finds.
Among the many facets of the jewel that is the Temple Mount, this exhibition focuses on the personal and human story behind the artifacts. These relics of bygone eras, spanning the millennia between prehistoric times and the present, tell not only the turbulent story of the Temple Mount itself, but of the wide variety of people from all faiths that lived upon it, built atop it, came in hopes of completing a religious pilgrimage, conducted business, waged war, or simply came to visit and marvel at the beauty and awe of the site long regarded as the center of the world.
This marvelous tapestry of human activity has been continuously woven throughout history, its strands reaching as far back and forward as the eye can see.
The digitized catalogue below is but a small portion of our numerous finds, which were displayed in a special exhibition during our inaugural event in June 2019. While a number of impressive and unique artifacts can be viewed at this point in time, it is imperative to remember that this is but a glimpse of the endless, priceless artifacts which have yet to be digitized. As time moves forward, and we continue researching the many thousands of artifacts and objects we’ve discovered, we hope to progressively expand our Virtual Museum to include the bulwark of treasures we’ve unearthed from the Temple Mount’s soil.