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The Golden Age of Israel*

Qumran Cave 4 Public Domain

Enter the Gihon Spring in the City of David. Stand in the location where Solomon would have been anointed successor to David.

Visit the Temple Mount Sifting Project and talk with renowned archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay about his work digging through rubble discarded from the temple mount.

Explore the ancient community of Qumran and learn about the written word and an amazing discovery made at that site which reinforces the validity of word of God.

Gihon Spring

Gihon Spring is a spring in the Kidron Valley. It was the main source of water for the Pool of Siloam (Breikhat HaShiloah) in the City of David. The Canaanite city had a water system by which the Gihon Spring emptied into a large open basin at its source, before being conveyed along the eastern city walls by an aqueduct that opened at several spots towards the valley below, where the water irrigated agricultural fields. 

Illustration of Gihon Spring (“Upper Fountain of Siloam”) in David Roberts’ The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia Public Domain
Pool of Siloam 2014 Photo: תמרה

Temple Mount Sifting Project

The Temple Mount Sifting Project is an archaeological project begun in 2004 whose aim is the recovery and study of archaeological artifacts contained within debris which was removed from the Temple Mount without proper archaeological care.

In November 1999 approximately 9,000 tons of archaeologically-rich soil were removed from the Temple Mount and dumped in the Kidron Valley, by the Waqf, using heavy earth moving equipment and without a preceding salvage excavation or proper archaeological care, following works in and around the newly constructed underground el-Marwani Mosque.

The Temple Mount Sifting Project has made heavy use of many volunteers and tourists to help sift the debris. The project sifting facility is located since June 2019 at the Masu’ot Lookout on Mt. Scopus.

Qumran

Since the discovery of the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947–1956, extensive excavations have taken place in Qumran. Nearly 900 scrolls were discovered in Qumran. Most were written on parchment and some on papyrus. Cisterns, Jewish ritual baths, and cemeteries have been found, along with a dining or assembly room and debris from an upper story alleged by some to have been a scriptorium as well as pottery kilns and a tower.

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