The excavation took place in an area where numerous surveys and excavations had been conducted in the past, revealing a settlement sequence from the Pottery Neolithic period and from the Iron Age to the present day (Weksler-Bdolah and Peterson-Solimany 2000; Betzer 2012; Strochan 2012; Mizrachi 2015; Haber and Melman 2018; Haber 2019; Permit Nos. A-6499, A-7989, A-8351).

The trial trenches revealed remains of a north–south field wall that ran parallel to the course of Nahal Yish‘i. The excavation (c. 75 sq m) was conducted along the wall (W13; Figs. 2, 3), which was dry-built of a single row of large fieldstones (average size 0.3 × 0.5 m) preserved to a height of one course. Collapsed stone rubble was found at the southern end of the wall. Two probes (L12, L14) opened beside the wall showed that it was built into alluvium mixed with small river pebbles and potsherds (Fig. 4). Iron Age, Hellenistic and Byzantine pottery (not drawn) was retrieved from the soil layers abutting the wall to the west (L16) and to the east (L17) and from the surface layer. Since the pottery comes from alluvial soil washed down from sites at a higher elevation, the finds do not date the wall. A fragment of a basalt grinding stone discovered on the surface had probably also been swept into the site.

The field wall was probably part of the agricultural hinterland of the ancient settlement excavated at nearby Horbat Gannim (Sion and Rapuano 2017). A similar wall was found in an excavation at Moshav Yish‘i (Shalev 2019; Fig. 1: A-8379).