Hershel Shanks

SACRED SIFTING. Housed under shade tents set up less than a mile from the walls of the Old City and the iconic Dome of the Rock, the Temple Mount Sifting Project continues to produce startling new discoveries from Jerusalem’s holiest site. Since 2004, the project, directed by renowned Jerusalem archaeologist Gabriel Barkay and his former student Zachi Zweig, has been tasked with sifting through countless truckloads of earth and debris that were illegally and recklessly removed from the Temple Mount by Muslim religious authorities to accommodate steps to the underground Marwani Mosque in 1999.