How to Participate

Participation Visit to the Sifting Site

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

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

33 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


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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.


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