In December 2012, an excavation was conducted at the Zarnuqa antiquities site in Rehovot (map ref. 180465/642472; Fig. 1), after ancient remains were discovered during inspections prior to paving Road 411. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by the Department of Public Works, was directed by Y. Marmelstein (photography and drafting), with the assistance of Y. Amrani and E. Bachar (administration), M. Mulokandov (preliminary inspections), E. Yannai (ceramics), M. Shuiskaya (pottery drawing), N. Zak (plans), A. Gorzalczany (scientific guidance) and F. Volynsky and M. Ajami.
One square was opened in the current excavation and a meager habitation level was discovered that included a cluster of small and medium limestone and kurkar fieldstones (L101; Figs. 2, 3); some of the stones were roughly hewn. Several fragments of pottery vessels were found near the stone cluster. Most of these are non-diagnostic, save a bowl rim that dates to the Late Bronze Age (Fig. 4). This is the first Late Bronze Age artifact to be discovered at the site.