How to Participate

Visiting the Sifting Site

The easiest way to participate in the Sifting Project is to CLICK HERE and register online.

Participation in the Temple Mount Sifting Project is a two hour program which includes a 30 minutes introduction lecture and sifting guidance, 80 minutes of sifting and 10 minutes summary in which the guide explains the significance of the finds recovered by the group. Each bucket sifted contains artifacts from all historical periods of the Temple Mount.

The sifting work does not require a physical exertion and does not get participants dirty, but they may get wet. The work is done under a shelter during summer and inside a greenhouse during the rainy season. There is a free parking lot at the site.

The Sifting Project accepts participants of all facets of society, including small children (must be at least 3 feet high in order to reach the screens), elderly people, handicaps and even blind people.

For further information and activity booking please visit our information page at the City of David website.

Reaching the Sifting Site

The worksite is inside the Tzurim Valley National Park, which is on the southern slopes of Mt. Scopus, right below the Brigham Young University complex.

By Car or Taxi: There is direct access to the site by car through Atur Road – Ben Advayah Street, right above Ibrahamiah college.

By Bus: People who intend to arrive by bus should take a bus that terminates at The Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus (Har Hazofim) and get off just before the university tunnel (with the guard after he checks the bus). There is a 10-15 minute walk along the road (Mazar St.) adjacent to the southern fence of the university. At the end of the road, turn right towards Beit Orot and the Brigham Young University, cross the road and continue until you see a brown sign that says “Tzurim Valley”. Go down the valley path until you see a large tent with the sign “Temple Mount Salvage Operation”.

Map to Sifting Site

Click on map icon to see detailed map

Other Ways to Get Involved

Do you want to get involved, but you can’t make it to our site? Consider donating to help us complete our research of the amazing artifacts found by the Project. We are planning to begin to publish our research in 2018. Donate Here.

43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andy Moss
    Jan 29, 2016 @ 00:36:04

    My wife and I would like to volunteer next summer for 1 week. How do we go about doing that please


    • greenej27
      Mar 14, 2017 @ 11:12:56

      If you would like to volunteer for a full week of sifting, rather than the regular 2 hour activity, please email development@tmsifting.org. We rarely take on volunteers for so short a time because training requires at least 4 days, but I can see if we can make it work! It mostly depends which training staff is available that week and whether or not we have a lot of large groups coming that require their attention.

      You are of course always welcome to come and sift for a few hours through our regularly scheduled program. 🙂


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  3. H.Shalfi
    May 04, 2016 @ 00:32:30

    The sifting project was one of the highlights of our trip. My husband found a perfect hand-made square nail and we could have continued for hours but it was late in the day. That was last year, 2015, and we’re returning this year with our son, eager to see what else we can discover!


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  7. Sandra
    Aug 08, 2016 @ 00:49:50

    Hello, I have clients that would like to participate or witness an archaeological dig while in Jerusalem on Feb. 19. (They are part of a religious pilgrimage and will only have one day available. Would this be possible? Thank you


  8. Arlene Van Brenk
    Sep 26, 2016 @ 14:53:25

    Should we notify ahead or can one just show up? We will be in Jerusalem Jan 13-14 2017.


  9. Wilj
    Oct 13, 2016 @ 21:25:03

    We will be in Israel the first 2 weeks of Nov 2016, the shifting project is an opportunity I would want to participate in please let me know how and where


  10. Sandy Lebowitz
    Oct 14, 2016 @ 14:47:22

    Do I have to register or can I just come? I will be in Jerusalem for 3 weeks in November and would like to participate


    • greenej27
      Oct 14, 2016 @ 16:08:58

      It is best to register so that you can ensure that there is someone who can give the opening lecture and teach you how to sift. You can register the week before though and that should be fine.


  11. Micah May
    Oct 16, 2016 @ 13:46:44

    My family of 6 would like to make reservations for this week (10/22/16), preferably Wednesday. Thank you, Micah May


  12. Micah May
    Oct 16, 2016 @ 14:03:36

    Hi it’s Micah May again, the family of 6. I wrote the dates wrong. We want to make reservations for Wednesday the 19th of October. Late afternoon.


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  14. Ronen Tregerman
    Feb 04, 2017 @ 21:36:46

    We are in the process of filming a pilot movie to air in the US about archaeology and would like to know if we can bring a film crew to the site while a session is in place.


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