Blog :Temple Mount Sifting Project - Jerusalem


Day 1, 2 (Saturday 1/2/10 - 1/3/10): I can now say that Delta Air Lines did not lose my luggage this time, instead they lost me!! I had 3 connecting flights to Jerusalem through Huntsville, Detroit, and New York. The Detroit flight was delayed just enough to make me miss my Tel-Aviv flight. After standing in line for hours, watching some very tired and unhappy people all around me, I was finally put up in a hotel for the night to catch the next flight to Israel a day later. I did a lot of praying and being patient until it all finally worked out. Our delay was to avoid a wind shear landing in New York. I am glad we delayed. The landing was rough enough with very high winds even after they cleared us. I am a day late and a few dollars short, but overall I am blessed. I am rested and ready for digging in Israel when I get there tomorrow. I had the privilege of hanging around with a Russian group who encountered a similar plight. One older lady was impressed with how friendly Americans are and told me a little about life in Russia. It was interesting. She thanked me for talking to her on the bus ride to the Hotel. I can't give you all the details that happend, the blog would be too long - just the highlights.

The purpose of our trip is to go through the dirt that was illegally removed from the temple mount area years ago. Digging is not permitted on the temple mount, and yet certain groups have done it with no regard to the artifacts. Our job is to recover them and try to make sense from them even though they no longer have their provenience (informational relation to each other)

Day 3, (Monday 1/4/10): Arrived safely in Jerusalem late Monday night - thank the Lord. What an ordeal. I thought for a minute I would be canceled again. The huge plane was packed full. I had the last seat on the back row and even my luggage made it safely.

I also had a long talk with a nice young Jewish girl named Manucha (22 years old). She was my seat-mate on the entire 13 hour flight and yes we discussed many of the deep differences between Judaism and Christianity. She was very kind and very open and I gave her a great deal of information about Jesus. She is planning to read the New Testament some day as I recommended. It was a very rewarding conversation. I now believe my whole delayed flight was to get me on the flight with Manucha

I finally updated my blog (Yes I have Wi-Fi), ordered some Hebrew language apps to my iphone, answered emails and crashed (myself in the bed that is), hoping tommorrow will be a much better day. I guess what I learned is, that travel must be considered a safari these days and enjoy figuring out how you can make it to your destination. Its quite an adventure if you can leap tall buildings in a single bound and are tuff as nails when it comes to not letting hundreds of hurry up, disgruntled people, get your attitude messed up.


Matthew 28:20  ... Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the
end of the world. Amen.
Day 4 -17  To the left is the place our group called home for 2 weeks. The Gloria Hotel is inside the old city wall near the Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem. It is a nice place with reasonable rates. It is nearby to everything and includes our meals in the restaurant on the 2nd floor. Old Town Jerusalem is a busy town late into the night. We had occasional sprinkles of rain, but overall it was very pleasant even though it was winter time; highs were in the 50 to 60 range and lows were in the 40 - 50 range.

Photo (C) 1-4-10 By Charles Michael Lassiter
.To the right, the Gloria Hotel is very nice inside as you can see from the photo to the right. It is also 8 hours later here in Jerusalem than it is in Alabama. And by the way - yes it's Christmas in Israel right now!
Left: We walked each day from the Hotel to our dig site which is located on the North side of Jerusalem. Our archaeologist, Gordon Franz, also acted as our tour guide, taking us on a different guided tour each day.
Right: Here is the temple mount sifting operation  where we are being instructed on what jobs need to be performed and how they should be done.

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Left: Dirt which has been dug out of the Temple Mount illegaly in past years was collected and moved in these huge bags to the sifting operation where we began to sift, wash, seperate and categorize the contents using small buckets.
Right: Next we took the dirt over to the dry sifter to get rid of the excess dirt and keep the artifacts.
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Left: Next we take the remaining dirt and artifacts inside for wet sifting.
Right: Next, artifacts are seperated from the remaining materials. We sort out special rocks, pottery, glass, mosaics, coins, bones, metal, etc.
Left: After each person seperates his artifacts they are put in special buckets for each category.
Right: Bones
Left: Pottery
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Below: Pierced Coin
Below: Widows Mite Bronze Coin
Below: Mosaic Tile
Below: Some Interesting Photos Of Our Trip
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All Photos (C) 1-7-10 By Charles Michael Lassiter
For more information and an excellent movie which explains the history of the Temple Mount Sifting Project and the people I met while working on the project, go to this Zola Levitt link:

http://www.levitt.tv/media/watch/1001
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