During October 2011, a survey preceding development was conducted in Qiryat Shemona (License No. S-309/2011; map ref. 25048–665/7918–28; Fig. 1), prior to construction. The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Ministry of Construction and Housing, was conducted by M. Hartal and U. Berger.
The survey was performed in an area of cultivated farmland, north of Highway 99 and west of Nahal ‘Ayyun. Archaeological sites are located in the vicinity, including Tel Ro‘im to the north, Tel Tannim to the south, Tel Bet Ahu to the east and Tel Barom to the west and the Qiryat Shmona East dolmen site.
The land was prepared for agricultural use in the 1950s and 1960s and at that time large amounts of earth and rock were bulldozed into large embankments. This action altered the surface of the surroundings and eradicated any evidence of ancient activity.
Worn potsherds were found in low areas near Nahal ‘Ayyun, presumably evidence of their having been swept there from adjacent sites. No ancient remains were identified in the surveyed area.