In February 2014, a salvage excavation was conducted at Horbat Hermeshit (Ne’ot Qedumim Park; Permit No. A-7034; map ref. 197339–80/650645–77), prior to the construction of a reservoir. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by Ne’ot Qedumim Park, was directed by J. Marcus, with the assistance of Y. Amrani (administration), A. Peretz (photography) and A. Dagot (GPS).
One square was opened in the southern outskirts of the park, and a concentration of stones, probably a clearance heap (L102; Figs. 1, 2), was exposed: three massive unworked stones surrounded by a concentration of medium-sized fieldstones. Two deep sections were excavated down to sterile soil within the heap and outside of it. A meager amount of worn pottery sherds dating to the Persian and Byzantine periods was collected. It seems that the heap was situated along the margins of an agricultural area adjacent to the ancient settlement.
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ermeshit (Ne’ot Qedumim) – 1993. ESI
Yron-Lubin M. 1999. Horbat Hermeshit. (Ne’ot Qedumim) – 1995. ESI 19:46*–49*.