Feb 8, 2016

Temple Mount Salvage

Temple Mount Antiquities Salvage Operation
David Graves, Zachi Zweig, Scott Stripling

Temple Mount Salvage Project - Jerusalem

Liberty Excavation Reports Requirements

INDEX of Sites

On the Temple Mount Salvage Project in Jerusalem there is not much to say except note the importance of the non–provenance nature of the project. Where does the dirt come from and is it really any value in determining the location of the items? (We are not even certain where all the dirt came from so have no real certainty about the provenance of the artifacts). Although some refer to it as the Temple Mount Sifting Project it is officially called the Temple Mount Salvage Project. Image  I have worked on the project on two separate occasions and can hardly call it an excavation. The usefulness of this site is limited at best since there is no stratification and nothing found in-situ. Remember to provide "the historical background of the site (including history of previous archaeological excavations, if any), objectives of the current excavation, progress at the site, and significance of discoveries to biblical study." Make sure to choose a good encyclopedia, journal articles, and books that specialize in the subject. This will give you a cross section of material.
  • Official Blog Website LINK Check out their list of media Reports links. 
  • The Temple Mount Archaeological Destruction LINK
  • Barkay, Gabriele. 2nd Progress Report on the Temple Mount Antiquities Salvage Operation: A Hebrew Bulla from the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount Sifting Project, August 11, 2005. PDF
  • Franz, Gordon. "Beneath the Surface: The Temple Mount Sifting Project." Bible and Spade 22, no. 1 (2009): 1–2. PDF
  • Franz, Gordon, and Stephanie Hernandez. "The Most Important Discovery Was the People: An Interview with Dr. Gabriel Barkay." Bible and Spade 22, no. 1 (2009): 3–8.PDF
  • Hammer, Joshua. "What is Beneath the Temple Mount? As Israeli archaeologists recover artifacts from the religious site, ancient history inflames modern–day political tensions. " Smithsonian Magazine April 2011. LINK
  • Zweig, Zachi Dvira. "Sifting by volunteers reveals hidden story." Esra Magazine No. 175 May 2013. LINK  Zachi is the assistant director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project.
Also, you will want to consult Dr. Leen Ritmeyer as he is the world’s leading expert on the Temple Mount and one of the consultants on the Tall el–Hammam excavation project. I think he has expressed some views on the Salvage Project on his blog.

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The list of abbreviations can be found here. LINK

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