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“Once in a Lifetime Visit”

Temple Mount Sifting Project
Ranked #71 of 301 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: An unique archaeological project that allows visitors to participate in the sifting of debris that was excavated in the Temple Mount.
Alexandria
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“Once in a Lifetime Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

Everyone should visit Israel. My visit was a great learning trip and a personal experience that will last a lifetime. To walk where Jesus walked was thrilling to me. From the time I arrived in Tel Aviv till I left 10 days later I enjoyed every bit of it.

Visited December 2011
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“Temple Mount Sifting Project”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

This archaeology-oriented activity (under the auspices of the City of David park) was an excellent hands-on introduction to the history of the temple mount. It begins with a relatively short overview of the different periods associated with building on the temple mount, from the time of the first temple to the present. The guides discuss the different types of construction in the context of history.

Afterward, everyone gets a chance to sift through materials dumped after the most recent expansion of the Solomon's Stables section. The guides provide examples of the types of materials to look for - ceramics, pottery, tiles, mosaics, metals, glass, coins. You are provided with a sifting tray to find and separate the materials. Afterwards, another guide collects all the items found during the session and discusses the period from which they were from based on known characteristics of items from each time period. We found pottery from the time of the first temple, pottery pieces from the second temple period, numerous Roman and Byzantine mosaic tiles, floor tiles from the post-Byzantine period, as well as metal chunks and nails from the second temple period.

Our kids begged for more time there, and we would consider even going back specifically to volunteer on this project. It was utterly fascinating and engaging for all ages.

Visited August 2012
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