In May–June 2015, a trial excavation was conducted at Migdal Malha (Permit No. A-7424; map ref. 194156–88/731627–714), prior to the construction of a road. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by the Ministry of Construction and Housing, was directed by E. Oren (field photography), with the assistance of Y. Amrani and E. Bachar (administration) and R. Mishayev (surveying and drawing). Additional help was provided by K. Sa‘id and L. Talmi.
A thick, compacted layer of small crushed stones, which was probably part of a soccer field, was exposed beneath a layer of topsoil (thickness 0.3 m). Remains of three installations and a floor were revealed in the southern part of excavation area, below this layer. One installation (L29; 2.5 × 2.7 m, height 0.1 m; Figs. 2, 3) was built of small and medium fieldstones placed directly on clayey soil, and survived to a height of one course. To its east were two adjacent installations (L26, L27; Figs. 4, 5) that were partially uncovered. Part of the northern (length 3.2 m) and the western (length 1.5 m) walls of Installation 26, which was built of small and medium fieldstones founded on clayey soil, were exposed. One wall was exposed of Installation 27 (length 1.5 m), built of fieldstones. Remains of a floor (L32) of medium and large fieldstones were discovered to the north; it was probably not related to the installations. Several non-diagnostic pottery sherds were collected from the installations and floors, but were of no aid in dating or identifying the ancient remains.