During March 2009, an archaeological survey was conducted in Nahal Shelahim (License No. S-101/2009; map ref. 16600–710/59500–615). The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Jewish National Fund, was directed by D. Varga and V. Carmel.
The survey area (width 10–30 m) extends along both banks of Nahal Shelahim and next to Moshav Mabbu‘im. The natural ground within this area was damaged when the JNF planted trees there. The surface is partly covered with construction debris and heaps of soil that were brought over to block the rainwater and protect the new saplings.
Apart from several Gaza-ware potsherds, no archaeological remains were discovered in the survey.