The site was surveyed as part of the Map of Lod survey (Gophna and Beit-Arieh 1997: Site 19). Two previous limited excavations at the site uncovered remains dating from the Byzantine period and later (Masarwa 2012, and see references there [Fig. 1: A-6386]; Itach and Zuckerman-Cooper 2016 [Fig. 1: A-7366]).
A single excavation square opened on the northern slope of a hill revealed a fill of small and medium-sized stones that was dated to the Byzantine period (Fig. 2).
Prior to the excavation, mechanical equipment was used to remove a recent fill of clayey soil to a depth of 1.3 m below the surface level. A modern layer of lime (L102; thickness 5 cm) was especially well-preserved in the southern part of the square (Fig. 3). Beneath the lime layer was a surface of small and medium-sized stones interspersed with brown soil (L103, L104; thickness 0.4 m). This was probably a deliberate fill on top of the bedrock that was intended to level the surface (Fig. 4). This surface yielded a few ribbed potsherds and a rim of an LRC bowl (not drawn) that date the latest activity at the site to the Byzantine period.
Despite the extremely limited extent of the current excavation, the absence of architectural remains suggests that this part of the site lay outside the settlement’s boundaries. Approximately 80 m southwest of the excavation, remains of a Byzantine building were uncovered in the past (Masarwa 2012). The settlment’s northwestern boundary may have passed between this building and the remains uncovered in the current excavation.