During June 2010, an archaeological survey was conducted in the region of Horbat Mador, north of Qibbuz Be’eri (License No. S-201/2010; map ref. 148844–50401/589899–90841), prior to planting trees. The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Jewish National Fund, was directed by E. Aladjem (field photography and GPS).
Cisterns (Sites 1–21, 23–29, 32, 33; Figs. 2–4). The cisterns are dug in loess soil and lined with small fieldstones (diam. 0.1–0.4 m). They were originally plastered and remains of the plaster were found on the sides of several cisterns. The openings of most are destroyed, although several survived in their entirety. Next to some of the cisterns were troughs built near the cistern’s opening.
Architectural Remains (Sites 30, 31, 34). Remains of walls and architectural elements identified on small hills at Sites 30 and 31. A wall (length 5 m, width 0.8 m), aligned north–south and built of undressed qirton bonded with ancient mortar, was identified at Site 34.
SaqiyeWell (Site 22; in excess of 30 m deep). A structure built of and lined with ashlars. Troughs and a large pool (8×10 m) are inside the building.
No remains of a large settlement were located in the vicinity of the cisterns, other than the wall remains of a single building (Site 34) in the center of the cisterns’ concentration. Presumably, the region was intended for storing water that was used by settlements in the vicinity.