During December 2004, a survey preceding development was conducted in Qibbuz Yiftah (Permit No. A-4303; map ref. NIG 25130–75/78125–50; OIG 20130–75/28125–50), prior to expansion. The survey, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by A. Mokary and A. Shapiro (GPS).
An area, west of and adjacent to Qibbuz Yiftah, on a low hill characterized by outcrops of limestone bedrock, was surveyed. Thorny bushes that covered the hill made it difficult to carry out the survey.
Twenty features with antiquities (Fig. 1) were documented: eight stone heaps built of small and medium stones (6, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16, 20, 21), ten agricultural enclosures founded on bedrock (2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19) and two limestone quarries (1, 10). Feature 7 was a modern military outpost.
Fragments of pottery vessels that dated to the Roman and Byzantine periods were collected.
The surveyed hill was used as a farmland and belonged to the ancient site of Birkat Tarjam, located within the precincts of Qibbuz Yiftah.