During December 2004 a trial excavation was conducted on a hill within the Ha-Gamal archaeological site in Mizpe Ramon (Permit No. A-4313*; central map ref. NIG 1803/5016; OIG 1303/0016), in an area slated for the development of a new neighborhood and following the discovery of what appeared to be a slag on surface. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and financed by the Ministry of Housing and Construction, was devoid of any finds.