In January–February 2015, an excavation was conducted in an agricultural area west of Kibbutz Regevim and Highway 6533, and east of Highway 6 (Permit No. A-7326; map ref. 202958–83/715047–95), following preliminary inspections in an area slated for the installation of a gas pipeline. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by Israel Natural Gas Pipeline Company, was directed by E. Oren, with the assistance of E. Bachar and Y. Amrani (administration), A. Dagot (GPS), P. Gendelman (pottery reading) and M. Shuiskaya (pottery drawing).
Ancient remains dating to the Roman period (second–third centuries CE; Fig. 2) were discovered in two squares, once the topsoil was removed using mechanical equipment (depth 0.6 m). Remains of an ancient road running in a general north–south direction were exposed. The roadbed (exposed length 4.9 m, width c. 3 m) was constructed of unworked limestones of various sizes, laid on a layer of tamped clay overlying the bedrock (L14; Fig. 3). The stone roadbed was bounded on the west by a dry-construction wall (W30) consisting of a single course of medium size fieldstones, and founded on the layer of clay (Fig. 4). A few pottery sherds were discovered, including bag-shaped jars (Fig. 5:3, 4) dating to the Roman period (third–fourth centuries CE). No boundary wall was found on the eastern side of the roadbed. Remains of a poorly-built fieldstones wall were revealed c. 15 m to the north (W16, exposed length 2 m). One course was preserved, set on clay foundation above the bedrock. Several pottery sherds dating to the Roman period were gathered, including a bowl and a globular jar from the second–fourth centuries CE (Fig. 5:1, 2)
A section of a fieldstone-built road, delimited on the west by curbstones, was exposed in the excavation. The road was apparently part of the road-network that led from Caesarea to Legio, sections of which were excavated in the past. The few pottery sherds found in the roadbed date it to the Roman period.
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