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Temple Mount Sifting Project

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Address: Emek Tzurim, Jerusalem, Israel
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An unique archaeological project that allows visitors to participate in the...

An unique archaeological project that allows visitors to participate in the sifting of debris that was excavated in the Temple Mount.

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Great for families

This is a great place to go with families or on your own. The project sifts through dirt recovered from the illegal excavation on the Temple Mount. Thousands of important... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Lorne N
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a great place to go with families or on your own. The project sifts through dirt recovered from the illegal excavation on the Temple Mount. Thousands of important artifacts have been recovered which help us understand the history of the holiest site in the world.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

We never would have heard about this project had it not been for the hot tip from our tour guide. You get to sift through soil that has been excavated from beneath The Temple Mount!! The project is very well organized and the staff are super patient with the younger children and very knowledgeable. On top of that, they are... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

It should be illegal, having this much fun. After a short but very informative and entertaining introductory lesson from professional archaeologists, and a demonstration of the wet sifting technique, you're set loose to sort this sacred soil on your own, but with expert supervision. The material is uncurated, meaning nobody has handled most of the stuff for thousands and thousands... More 

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Thank Sue S
Oregon
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

I've been volunteering here since 2008. It is a fantastic way to "dip your foot in the water" of biblical archaeology. Open most of the tear, but do send an email request for sometimes they will have a bus load of Israeli school kids there as well...no problem if you can handle it. As far as I'm concerned, it is... More 

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Fox Point, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

My 26 year old son, my sister and I were in Israel last week. I love archeology/anthropology and had always wanted to do a short "dig". Someone mentioned this activity. What a blast. The initial interview of the history/topography of the area was interesting and then we got to play in the dirt. My son said it was one of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

We'd heard of this from friends who made two visits when they were recently in Jerusalem. And, having done it, I can see why they went back. You have a 20-30 minute talk from an archaeologist covering the history of the Mount and the techniques to use, and what to look for. Then you're set loose with a sieve and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

We had a great morning out at the sifting project. Very well organised on site. Appreciated the thorough introduction. Our kids, aged 8-15, loved the actual sifting, as did the adults. Was exciting to uncover bits of ancient and modern history. Would have appreciated better instructions on how to drive to the site. Also, we had to call to book,... More 

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Wisconsin
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

This is a very interesting and real activity, not kitchy or touristy. You will find some very interesting artifacts from the Temple Mount, that were discarded in the tailings of illegal digging on Har Ha Bayit. Highly recommended for a family.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

This was one of the most relaxing and fun things to do as a tourists. I thought it was going to be lame and 'for kids". I was WRONG! I actually found several green pieces of glass and pottery. I hated that it ended so soon. The students that helped identy the contents of the bucket were just great! Great... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

Fabolous idea,sorting the garbage thrown away from building in the Temple Mount,iniative of Gaby Ba Dont miss itrkai

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