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August 8, 2013
Two years ago we began the process of the analysis and publication of finds from the Temple Mount Sifting Project. This process began thanks to generous donations we received from a few US businessmen. We intend to publish a long popular article this coming winter which will describe in depth our current progress in the study of and new understandings about the Temple Mount’s archaeology and history.
In March 2011 we established an archaeological lab in Jerusalem where all of the special finds are now stored and thoroughly studied. This project differs from most archaeological excavations because the variety of finds and periods covered is extraordinarily wide. This is understandable for a site that played such a central role in the history of the Land of Israel in all periods since the First Temple.
As we advanced with this study we realized that the analysis requires much more work than what we initially presumed. During the past year we realized that there is a greater potential in the quantitative analysis of the finds data than what we thought at the beginning of the research. Although the earth excavated from the Mount was moved from one place to another several times, it is still not completely mixed, and the finds do not distribute evenly among all areas of the dump. The consequence of this understanding is that we can learn much more about context of the prevalent types of finds than we had initially thought we could. However, in order to conduct a proper statistical analysis we have to sort and study all of the finds we had found in the sifting so far and also sample debris areas not yet sifted.
The number of finds we have recovered is counted in tens of thousands (or in millions in cases such as pottery). This means that much work still lies ahead of us, but the results and understanding will be rewarding. The methodology we are using will be considered a significant innovation for archaeological research and study techniques which might be implemented in other excavations as well, especially those that deal with the study of earth fills.
In order to complete this immense research task, we have begun again the process of fund raising. After two years of work we can estimate more precisely our further needs and budget. In order to complete the project, we will need the amount of $400,000. Fortunately, we recently received a pledge from two donors of $200,000 on the condition that we find further donors that will match their donations. We will be more than grateful for any assistance to reach this goal.
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