During March 2003 a trial excavation was conducted in Qiryat Tiv‘on (Permit No. A-3857*; map ref. NIG 21122–25/73472–76; OIG 16122–25/23472–76), in an area slated for the construction of a nursery school on Giv‘at Ha-Mosadot. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and financed by the Industrial Construction Company and the Tiv‘on Council, was directed by M.A. Tabar (photography), assisted by A. Hajian (surveying) and A. Glick (GPS).
Nine seemingly ancient cavities were excavated down to bedrock. It was ascertained that eight cavities were natural and contained alluvium and fragments of Byzantine potsherds. The ninth cavity, in the northeastern corner of the area, was a circular hewn cupmark (diam. 0.23 m, depth 0.13 m) that contained Roman-Byzantine potsherds.