During April 2007, a salvage excavation was conducted east of Ramat Hovav (Permit No. A-5103; map ref. 191994–2047/560396–441), prior to the installation of a gas pipeline. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Israel Natural Gas-Lines Company, Ltd., was directed by V. Nikolsky-Carmel, with the assistance of Y. Lender (administration), A. Hajian (surveying), I. Lidski-Reznikov (drawing of finds) and laborers from Rahat.
The site is located c. 13 km southeast of Be’er Sheva‘ and c. 8 km east of Ramat Hovav. Architectural remains and pottery fragments from the Byzantine period were discovered in probe trenches, dug at the site prior to the excavation, in which a building dating to the Byzantine period was exposed (c. 75 sq m).
The building is typical of the watchman’s huts that are common to the south of Israel in the Byzantine period.