During April 2009, a survey preceding development was conducted in the region of Nahal Gemila–Ma‘on Junction (License No. S-104/2009; map ref. 14925–5000/58335–400; Fig. 1), prior to forestation. The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Jewish National Fund, was performed by V. Nikolsky-Carmel and D. Varga (GPS).
The survey area is characterized by level landscape and gentle hills that were forested by the Jewish National Fund. A prehistoric site was discerned in the survey: a scatter of flint artifacts (map ref. 149590/583814; Fig. 2) spread over an area of c. 70×120 m. Most of the flakes date to the Epi-Paleolithic period.
Several modern potsherds were discovered in the survey area, whose extensive cultivation and forestation might have destroyed additional sites that were located in the vicinity.