In February 2013, a salvage excavation was conducted in Revadim Quarry, near the route of Highway 3 (Permit No. A-6808; map ref. 182910/632661; Fig. 1). The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by S. Ganor (field photography), with the assistance of S. Gal (surveying) and R. Be’eri (scientific guidance), as well as Y. Lander, A. Klein, A. Giladi and S. Weiss.
The pit grave (width 1 m, height 0.8 m, depth 0.4 m) was dug into the natural soil, with no architectural structure. It contained two jars with crumbled human skeletal remains that provided no indication as to the identity or number of the deceased, along with rims of a carinated bowl, a shallow bowl, a dipper juglet and a lamp fragment (not drawn).
To date, this is the only grave discovered in the area of the site. Pit graves containing grave goods from the Middle Bronze IIA are well known in the archaeological record. The grave assemblage is consistent with burial practices typical of this period, when it was customary to offer food to the deceased. The jars probably contained food, the shallow bowl was for serving the food and the carinated bowl was for drinking wine.