During July 2009, an archaeological survey was conducted at the eastern end of Holot Yavne, south of Ashdod harbor and north of the Ashdod northern industrial zone (License No. S-135/2009; map ref. 16860–990/63790–870). The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Israel Ports Authority, was directed by E. Aladjem, P. Nahshoni and A. Pilin.
The survey area is characterized by remains of sand dunes and hamra outcrops covered with low vegetation. Most of it was destroyed by modern activity as a result of sand quarrying. Three Epipaleolithic sites were surveyed in the past (Bar-Yosef, O. 1970. Prehistoric Sites near Ashdod, Israel. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 102:52–64), two of which were destroyed by modern sand quarrying.
Three sites were surveyed (1–3; Fig. 1):
1 (map ref. 168759/638478). Remains of two perpendicular walls built of beach rock (length 2–3 m).
2 (map ref. 168858/638460). A flint scatter (diam. c. 50 m) from the Epipaleolithic period, including tools, cores and debitage, on a hamra outcrop that descends toward the south and is covered in the north by a dune.
3 (map ref. 168800/638600). A flint scatter (diam. c. 30 m) from the Epipaleolithic period including tools, cores and debitage, in a leveled area and on a hamra outcrop, most of which is covered by a sand dune.
Other sites of the period are probably still covered with sand dunes.