In 2007, a study excavation was carried out on the grounds of Bet Guvrin National Park (Area 350; Permit No. A-5110; map ref. 190016–23/612972–82; Fig. 1), prior to the development. The excavation, undertaken by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by M. Cohen, E. Klein and D. Weinberger. Fifth graders from schools in Netanya participated in the excavation.
The excavation was conducted c. 10 m northeast of the Crusader-period inner fortress tower (Kloner and Cohen 2000). Two excavation squares were opened at the site. Only contemporary fill layers were uncovered, with no archaeological finds.
Kloner A. and Cohen M. 2000. The Crusader Fortress at Beth Guvrin. Qadmoniot 119:32–39 (Hebrew).