Half-shekel found in Temple Mount rubble
Half-shekel found in Temple Mount rubbleIsrael News Photo: (Ze'ev Radovan)

A 14-year-old volunteer found a precious silver half-shekel coin used to pay taxes in ancient Temple times, and a coin minted during the Jewish rebellion against the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes IV of the Chanukah story was also discovered in the rubble rescued from illegal construction carried out by the Muslim Wakf. 

"The rubble from this illegal work was removed by bulldozers and trucks and discarded in the Kidron Valley. Though these remains are no longer in their original context, they contain important archaeological material," he said.

The Temple Mount Sifting Project welcomes visitors during the Chanukah holiday vacation and at other times. The site may be reached by way of the access road along the western slope of Mount Scopus toward the Ein Tzurim National Park, and is open Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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