The Temple Mount Sifting Project (TMSP) was created in order to save as many ancient artifacts as possible from thousands of tons of debris that were excavated and removed from the Temple Mount in 1999 without any archaeological supervision. The project also aims to conduct archaeological research on the finds in order to shed more light on the history of the Temple Mount: a place of significance to billions of people throughout the world.
Since no systematic archaeological excavation has ever taken place on the Temple Mount, The TMSP is as close as anyone has ever come to excavate the Temple Mount itself. The finds discovered over the past sixteen years represent the first ever-archaeological data originating from within the Temple Mount soil.
This massive sifting work has been done with the cooperation of more than 210,000 volunteers so far from all over the world. The project has drawn much public attention over the years, and the considerable variety of finds has yielded innovative research in a large number of fields.
During the last 16 years the project managed to recover more than half a million artifacts that are currently kept in storage. The wet sifting technique, which was developed in the project, produced these huge quantities of small finds, and was adopted by other excavation projects.
Without being able to study and publish them, it will be as if these artifacts had never been found.
The numismatic study within the TMSP
So far some 7,000 coins were found, dating from the Persian period until modern times (including Jewish, Ptolemaic, Seleucid, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Crusader, Ayyubid, Mamluk, Ottoman and others). Only half of them were cleaned and studied so far and the aim of the “adopt a coin project” is to help us cleaning, studying and publishing all these coins.
The donor can choose to adopt one or more coins, they will be cleaned and studied. Each coin is labeled with its donor name, who will receive an update on the process and the final reading of the coin, including a photo of it. In the case of a rare coin the donor’s sponsorship will also receive extensive publicity.
Taking complete care of each coin which is found (cleaning, study, photography, publishing) reaching 50$, we are asking for a donation of 35$ for adopting a coin and helping us in this important project. Here is an example to one of the rare coins found so far…
Support the TMSP with the adoption of one or more coins.
Here you can find other ways to support the TMSP.
More information on the project can be found on the TMSP website.
View this video for a small glimpse on the treasures revealed in the Temple Mount soil: