Temple Mount Sifting Project

WHERE THE DIRT WAS. Much of the dirt for the Temple Mount Sifting Project comes from the large pit on the Temple Mount created to accommodate the new stairway down to the Al-Marwani Mosque (Solomon’s Stables). Using heavy machinery, the Waqf illegally dug the stairway without archaeological supervision. This shows a cross section of the earthen fill of the pit, which consists of many differently colored layers. The strata imply that the area north of Solomon’s Stables was not filled at one time but, rather, gradually over an extended time.