During February 2003 a limited excavation was conducted west of the village remains of Hittin (Permit No. A-3844; map ref. NIG 24255/74610; OIG 19255/24610). The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and financed by the Electric Company, was directed by N. Getzov (surveying and photography), with the assistance of Y. Ya‘aqoby (administration), A. Grishna (registration) and H. Tahan (pottery drawing).
A square (4 × 5 m) was opened, revealing two settlement layers.
Stratum II (Fig. 1). The meager remains of a wall and several adjacent installations were exposed directly above virgin soil (Fig. 2). The lithic finds and potsherds indicate that the stratum should be dated to the end of the early Chalcolithic period, contemporary with Stratum 16 at Horbat ‘Uza (HA-ESI 118).
Stratum I (Fig. 3). Directly above the Stratum II accumulations was a wall foundation built of a row of stones. It was probably surmounted by a wall of mud bricks or organic material. Abutting the top of the foundation was a floor of small stones. The potsherds recovered from this stratum dated to Early Bronze Age IA and included a dominant quantity of Gray-Burnished Ware, such as carinated kraters and plain bowls. The distribution of the plain bowls sheds light on the connection of the site to the Hula and Western Galilee sites and its dissimilarity to the sites from the Jezre’el Valley.
Close to surface, unstratified potsherds from the Pottery Neolithic Age (probably contemporary with Jericho IX), Early Bronze Age IB, Intermediate Bronze Age and a coin from the Mamluk period, were discovered.