During November 2010, a survey preceding development was conducted within the precincts of the town Ma‘a lot–Tarshiha (License No. S-218/2010; map ref. 2269–73/7689–92), prior to enlarging Shekhunat Ha-Banim. The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Ministry of Construction and Housing, was directed by Y. Gur, with the participation of Y. Lerer (surveyor) and A. Shapiro (GPS).
The surveyed area is located within the precincts of Mezad Qorha antiquities sites, c. 800 m southwest of the Mezad (Fig. 1). The area is characterized by large masses of limestone bedrock and dense forest vegetation. The survey was conducted on foot in the area that was not blocked.
Six sites (1–6; Fig. 2) were identified, mostly rock-hewn installations that were apparently connected to the agricultural hinterland of Mezad Qorha.
1 (map ref. 227232/768990). Quarryandcupmark (Fig. 3).
2 (map ref. 227248/769072). A cave whose opening faces east; an elliptical bedrock surface (diam. c. 5 m; Fig. 4) lies in its front.
3 (map ref. 227248/769081). A farming terrace (length 3 m) built of two to three courses between two bedrock ledges.
4 (map ref. 227248/769087). A rock-cutting in the bedrock.
5 (map ref. 227250/769096). A rock-cutting in the bedrock.
6 (map ref. 227238/769101). Cave.