During June 2010, a trial excavation was conducted north of Qibbuz Ha-Sollelim and east of the Movil Junction (permit No. A-5945; map ref. 222501–15/740108–60), after a cistern was exposed while widening Highway 79. The excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by F. Abu Zedan (photography), with the assistance of Y. Ya‘aqobi (administration), M. Kunin (surveying and drafting) and D.T. Ariel (numismatics).
A plastered rock-hewn cistern (1.2×2.0 m, depth 2.2 m; Figs. 2, 3) was excavated; only part of the installation was preserved. Alluvium containing many small fieldstones and several non-diagnostic potsherds was discovered inside the cistern (L10). The bottom of the cistern was flat and its sides curved toward the top. Both sides and bottom of the cistern were coated with a thick layer of hydraulic plaster (thickness c. 01. m; Fig. 4). A Roman provincial coin dating to the second–third centuries CE (IAA 141609) was discovered next to the western side of the cistern. The southern part of the cistern, including the opening, was completely destroyed when the road was being widened. It seems that this was a bell-shaped cistern (diam. c. 2. 5 m, depth c. 3 m) that can be added to the many agricultural installations discovered in the vicinity that were used by the residents of one of the nearby villages/towns.