A 3,000-year-old seal discovered on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount likely dates back to the times of David and Solomon and confirms the credibility of the Bible’s historical record. Since 2004, the Temple Mount Sifting Project has combed through tons of soil that was illegally removed from the Temple Mount by an Islamic group in 1999. The Sifting Project has recruited over 170,000 volunteers through the years to carefully search through the excavated earth and look for artifacts.
“Since the Temple Mount has never been excavated, the ancient artifacts retrieved in the Sifting Project provide valuable and previously inaccessible information,” explains the project’s website.
“The many categories of finds are among the largest and most varied ever found in Jerusalem.” Volunteers sifting through the soil have unearthed thousands of artifacts. The finds from the project are all preserved for processing and scientific analysis.Late last month, the Sifting Project announced that one particularly rare artifact was recently discovered: a 3,000-year-old seal dating to the period of the biblical kings David and Solomon. In a press release, the project said a 10-year-old boy from Russia discovered the seal, and archaeologists only recently deciphered it. FULL REPORT