During July 2005, a salvage excavation was conducted on the playground of the Anglican School in Jerusalem (Permit No. A-4521*; map ref. NIG 221736/632632; OIG 171736/132632), prior to the installation of a new lighting system. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, was directed by I. Zilberbod, with the assistance of R. Abu-Halaf (administration), T. Kornfeld (surveying), E. Belashov (drafting), C. Amit (studio photography), C. Hersch (find drawing), N. Katsnelson (glass processing) and O. Shorr (glass restoration).
Three half squares were excavated in the area (2 × 11 m; Fig. 1). No building remains or rock-cuttings were found. Beneath a modern wall (W1), a fill that was probably meant to level the area, consisted of a layer of reddish brown soil (thickness 0.5 m) and medium and large stones (L3). The fill contained fragments of jars from the Roman period (Fig. 2:1), a lid (Fig. 2:2), the fragment of a female figurine (a garment fold) that is characteristic of the Hellenistic and Roman periods (Fig. 2:3) and a candlestick-like glass bottle that is dated from the end of the first century CE to the beginning of the third century CE (Fig. 2:4).
The artifacts indicate that the area was occupied during the Late Roman period.