Treasures From the Temple Mount collection includes 10 replica artifacts recovered from beneath Jerusalem's Temple Mount recovered from a 1999 excavation for a new mosque. At the end of 2015, The Temple Mount Sifting Project searched and recovered about half of the 400 truckloads of the 1999 archeological material. Using new methodologies and technology the artifacts are identified and dated comparing with similar artifacts found in other sites in Israel.
The Temple Mount Treasures includes valuable educational information on the treasures, their significance, and importance to the history of Middle East and Western Civilzation.
The Temple Mount Treasures contain 3000 years of ancient archaeological artifacts recovered from an 1999 excavation and construction of a new mosque on the historical Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Approximately 400 truckloads of artifact-rich soil from all of the Temple Mount’s historical periods were dumped into the nearby Kidron Valley.
Archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira understood the discarded earth represented a treasure trove of information. In 2004 the Temple Mount Sifting Project was established. The organization’s goal is rescuing and researching ancient artifacts to enhance the understanding of Temple Mount archaeology and history. By the end of 2015 the Sifting Project had searched half the truckloads of 1999 archaeological material.
The ancient artifacts retrieved from the Sifting Project provide valuable and previously inaccessible archaeological information from the past 3000 years. New methodologies and technologies are used to identify historical artifacts not extracted from their archaeological context. Most of these artifacts can be identified and dated by comparing them with artifacts found in other sites.
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. During its long history, Jerusalem was destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. The oldest part of the city was settled in the 4th millennium B.C.
Ceramic evidence indicates occupation of the City of David, within present-day Jerusalem, as far back as the Copper Age (c. 4th millennium B.C.), with evidence of a permanent settlement during the early Bronze Age (c. 3000-- 2800 B.C.).
In the late Bronze Age, Jerusalem was the capital of an Egyptian vassal city-state, a modest settlement governing a few outlying villages and pastoral areas, with a small Egyptian garrison and ruled by appointees such as king Abdi-Heba. At the time of Seti I and Ramesses II, major construction took place as prosperity increased. This period, when Canaan formed part of the Egyptian empire, corresponds in biblical accounts to Joshua’s invasion.
In the Bible, Jerusalem is defined as lying within territory allocated to the tribe of Benjamin though occupied by Jebusites. David is said to have conquered these in the Siege of Jebus, and transferred his capital from Hebron to Jerusalem, which then became the capital of a united Kingdom and one of its several religious centers. The choice was perhaps dictated by the fact that Jerusalem did not form part of Israel’s tribal system, and was thus suited to serve as the center of its federation. Opinion is divided over whether a Large Stone Structure and a nearby Stepped Stone Structure in the City of David excavations may be identified with King David’s palace.
Treasures From the Temple Mount contain replicas of freshly discovered historical artifacts discovered below Jerusalem's Temple Mount In 1999, Solomon's Stables was excavated for a new mosque. In 2004 the Temple Mount Sifting Project was established to browse and brochure 400 truckloads of historical rich product disposed of in 1999.