The first part of the Kidron Valley, called Zurim Valley, has been declared a national park. It contains olive trees (some ancient and some new) and Atlantic pistachios. There are short paved trails which afford good views of the Old City and the Wadi Joz neighbourhood. One of the main attractions in the Zurim Valley is the Temple Mount sifting project, due to concerns about preservation archaeological excavations have never been performed on Temple Mount itself however in 1999 construction was performed in the basements of the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the contents was dumped in the Kidron Valley as debris.
This debris is believed to contain ancient artefacts of potentially high archaeological and historical value and the meticulous sifting of the debris that was transferred to the Emek Tzurim National Park is on-going. Visitors are welcome to join in with the sifting of this debris and expertly guided informative tours are easily arranged allowing you to get the most out of your experience in this fascinating area.
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