During January 2012, a salvage excavation was conducted at Qibbuz Nahsholim (Permit No. A-6395; map ref. 192491–556/724144–87), prior to enlarging the resort village. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by Qibbuz Nahsholim, was directed by K. Sa‘id (field photography), with the assistance of Y. Amrani (administration), R. Mishayev and K. Mendal (surveying and drafting), A. el-S. Sa‘id (antiquities inspection and preparation of area), and N. Zak (final plans).
Eight squares were opened (c. 200 sq m) and remains of four buildings were exposed (Fig. 2):
Building I was discovered in Squares 1, 2, in the east of the excavation area (Fig. 3). Four of the building’s rooms were exposed. The center wall (W517) was abutted from the south and north by walls built of ashlars and mortar (W516, W518, W519, W530) that were founded on beach sand and shells, enclosing three rooms in the north and one in the south. A floor of crushed chalk (L514) that abutted a wall (W522) was exposed in the western room. No floors that could be related to the walls were found in the southern rooms.
Building II. Part of a large building that faced south was exposed in the middle of the excavation area in Squares 4 and 5. The walls (W508, W509) were built of ashlars founded on beach sand and were abutted by a floor (L506, L507) of ground shells mixed with beach sand.
Building III was exposed in Sq 6, in the southwest of the excavation area. Plastered walls (W511, W512), built of ashlars and founded on beach sand, delimiting two rooms (L527, L528), were exposed.
Building IV. Foundations of two walls (W510, W522; Fig. 4) that were founded on beach sand and formed the corner of a room were exposed in Sq 7.
A scant amount of potsherds that dated to the end of the Ottoman period and the British Mandate era was found.
The exposed architectural remains belong to the settlement of Tantura, which was founded in the eighteenth century CE. The residents of the village apparently utilized the ancient stones brought from Tel Dor, c. 500 m north of the excavated area.