During June 2002 a trial excavation was conducted in an area slated for the railroad terminal construction, northeast of Ramla (Permit No. A-3663*; map ref. NIG 18840–57/64840–65; OIG 13840–57/14840–65). The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, was directed by H. Torgë, assisted by R. Abu Khalaf and Y. Dangor (administration).
A row of four half squares was opened between the railroad tracks and an acoustic wall. A wall (more than 19 m long) that traversed the squares, parallel to the railroad tracks, and continued in both directions beyond the limits of the excavation, was discovered. The northern face of the wall, which faced the tracks, was built of large smoothed stones and gray bonding material; it was not plastered. The southern face of the wall was coated with two layers of plaster. The bottom layer (thickness 2 mm) was white and the white upper layer (thickness 5 mm) was painted light pink. Three iron pipes, which crossed the wall and were incorporated in it, were discovered at a depth of 0.8 m. Two layers of plaster were applied to the pipes, as to the wall, and it therefore seems that the wall and pipes were contemporary. A few nondiagnostic potsherds were discovered mainly around the foundations of the wall. Other potsherds recovered from the layers of fill between the foundation and the surface were dated from the Abbasid period until the present. Based on the ceramic finds and the fact that the wall was parallel to the railroad tracks and the acoustic wall, it was concluded that its construction should be dated to the time of the British mandate. Accordingly, the excavation was closed down.