In September 2016, a salvage excavation was conducted in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, adjacent to the intersection of Nablus Road and Abu Jubeir Street (Permit No. A-7814; map ref. 221778–83/633209–14; Fig. 1), prior to renovating the infrastructure. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by the Moriah Jerusalem Development Company, Ltd., was directed by D. Gellman (photography), with the assistance of D. Tanami (antiquities inspection), N. Nehama (administration), A. Hajian (surveying and drafting) and I. Lidsky-Reznikov (pottery drawing).
Tomb L1 (Fig. 3) was mostly destroyed and was not entirely excavated. Several broken human bones were discovered in the soil fill inside the tomb. Tomb L2 (Fig. 4) was partly destroyed and was partially excavated as well. A human tooth and several pottery sherds, including jar fragments (Fig. 5:1, 2) dating from the Hellenistic–Roman periods, were discovered in the soil fill of the tomb. Tomb L3 (Fig. 6) was preserved in its entirety, but was not excavated due to objections from the ultra-Orthodox community. Based on the pottery sherds discovered in Tomb L2 and the proximity of the tombs to burial caves and quarries dating from time of the Second Temple, it seems that the tombs should also be dated to that period.