During March 2005, a survey preceding development was conducted in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem (Permit No. A-4413; map ref. NIG 22081–90/63765–785; OIG 17081–90/13765–785), prior to private construction. The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by a private association of physicians, was directed by Z. ‘Adawi, Y. Mizrahi and L. Barda (GPS).
The survey was carried out on a hill north of the approach road to Beit Hanina, northwest of Tell el-Ful and c. 1.5 km south of Khirbat ‘Addasa (North). Many quarries are located on the hill, some of which had previously been excavated (HA-ESI 119; Permit Nos. A-4251, A-4458; Fig. 1).
Eighteen sites from unidentified periods were documented. Thirteen were quarries (Sites 1, 2, 7, 9–12, 14–19, Site 6 was canceled), two were stone heaps (Sites 5, 8; diam. 8–10 m) that consisted of small and medium fieldstones, one site was the remains of a farming terrace (Site 13; length 35 m) and another was a rock-hewn cistern (Site 3; diam. c. 5 m) whose sides were plastered and a single course of small fieldstones was built above its opening. A bedrock-hewn cupmark was also documented (Site 4; diam. 0.4 m).
A few non-diagnostic potsherds were found on the surface; however, excavations in adjacent quarries had apparently dated them to the Byzantine period. These quarries and those on the surveyed hill and on the hill to the south were probably used by the surrounding sites: Khirbat ‘Addasa to the north, Khirbat el-Shumar and Khirbat el-Biyar to the west, Khirbat er-Ras to the south and Tell el-Ful to the east.