During July 2001 a salvage excavation was conducted in Nahal Maresha (Permit No. A-3515*; map ref. NIG 191695–845/610891–900; OIG 141695–845/110891–900), in the wake of damage to the ancient Roman road by a tractor. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, was directed by Y. Haimi (photography), assisted by V. Essman and V. Pirsky (surveying) and I. Berin (drafting).
A square was excavated down to bedrock in an 80 m long section of the road. A tamped fill that leveled the road was found. On either side of the road (width 4.8 m; Figs. 1, 2) was a row of curb stones. Those in the western row were large and included milestones in secondary use, whereas the stones of the eastern row were smaller and included, as well, milestones in secondary use.
No potsherds were found.