During November 2000, a salvage excavation was conducted in Kafr Misr (Permit No. A-3344; map ref. 24090-7/72790-5), prior to construction. The excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by A. Mokary (surveying and field photography), with the assistance of L. Kupershmidt (metallurgical laboratory), A. Lester (metal artifacts), H. Tahan-Rosen (artifact drawing) and laborers from Kafr Misr.
The excavation unearthed the remains of a plastered floor (L15; Fig. 1), flanked by the remains of rooms; the floor apparently belonged to a courtyard or passage. The remains of the southern room consisted of a wall (W11; length c. 5 m) with two perpendicular walls (W16, W20; length c. 2.5 m). The walls (width c. 0.6 m, preserved height c. 1 m) were abutted by a tamped earth floor (L21), from which body sherds of jars decorated with white stripes and fragments of cooking pots were collected. In addition, a bronze jar (height 22 cm; Fig. 2) with a barrel-shaped body and a thin neck was found. The jar has a ring base, and part of a handle is visible on its neck. Its shoulder is adorned with a hammered herringbone pattern. A tooth-shaped edge was abraded along the outline of the two parts of the vessel, where they were welded together.
The remains of the northern room include a wall (W12; length c. 2.5 m, width 0.6 m, preserved height 1 m), which was adjoined by two walls (W23, W24) that were destroyed down to their foundations. A tamped earth floor (L18) that abutted the walls carried body fragments of jars, cooking pots and kraters.
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