During November 1999 a trial excavation was conducted in ‘Ofer Park, west of Sederot Ben Gurion in Ramla (Permit No. A-3153; map ref. NIG 18682/64797; OIG 13682/14797), prior to installing an electric line. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and financed by the Municipality of Ramla, was directed by F. Vitto, with the assistance of Y. Dangur (administration).
A magneto-metric survey of the area was conducted prior to the excavation by R. Wardill of the Field Archaeological Unit of the Essex County Council, England. Three squares were opened, revealing pottery fragments from the Early Islamic period (eighth–ninth centuries CE). They include jars, cooking vessels and buff-ware jugs decorated with geometric patterns that were incised, stamped, applied and molded. Other ceramic shapes consist of glazed bowls and mold-made lamps of buff clay, decorated with floral patterns, of a type common to Ramla.
The excavation also yielded a number of kiln bars (c. 0.12 m long), handmade of buff clay, which were used to support the vessels during firing in pottery kilns of the Early Islamic period. These finds and several glazed bowls with manufacturing flaws seem to indicate that a ceramic workshop was located nearby during the Early Islamic period.