In April 2014 a salvage excavation was conducted at 5 Ha-Erez Street in Lod (Permit No. A-7094; map ref. 191046–72/651025–48), prior to the construction of a private house. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by Zabida Ibrahim, was directed by D. Masarwa, with the assistance of Y. Amrani (administration), R. Mishayev and R. Liran (surveying and drawing), A. Gorzalczany (scientific guidance), A Dagot (map preparation), P. Gendelman (ceramics), M. Shuiskaya (pottery drawing) and A. Shadman.
Stratum II. Remains of a massive structure were revealed. The walls of the building (W102–W105, W107) were constructed of ashlars and small fieldstones. A floor (L106) built of medium and large fieldstones abutted W102, W104 and W105; these walls apparently delimited a room in the building. The bedding of a crushed-chalk floor (L108) abutted Walls 104 and 107. A tabun (L110; Fig. 4) was exposed along the southern side of the floor bedding, which suggests that that this part of the building was a courtyard. Fragments of pottery vessels, including a jar ascribed to the late fourth century CE (Fig. 5:1), were discovered in this stratum.
Stratum I. A section of a mosaic floor composed of white tesserae (L101; Fig. 6) was exposed in the eastern part of the square. The floor abutted a wall (W111) built of small and medium-sized fieldstones bonded with gray mortar. A curved wall (W112) built of medium-sized fieldstones was revealed in the southwestern part of the square. It was probably the remains of an industrial installation, most of which was situated outside the excavation limits. Pottery found in this stratum include a bowl (Fig. 5:2) from the fifth–sixth centuries CE, and a jar (Fig. 5:3) and Gaza jar (Fig. 5:4), both dating to the sixth–seventh centuries CE.
The remains uncovered in the excavation were apparently the continuation of the architectural remains from the Roman and Byzantine periods that were exposed in the past c. 200 m to the northwest of here.