The area was surveyed by Y. Dagan (Map of Lakhish [98], Site 222) who found building remains, stone clearance heaps, a cave and potsherds from the Roman period on the adjacent hill to the northeast.
The excavation was conducted along the western slope, which descends toward Nahal Shalva. One square was opened in a ploughed field and ex situ architectural remains were discovered.


Numerous river pebbles and potsherds from the Roman and Ottoman periods were scattered on top of the ploughed area (thickness c. 0.2 m). A layer, which contained different-sized wadi pebbles and worn potsherds dating to the Roman and Ottoman periods, was exposed at a depth of 0.3 m. A reddish brown layer of clay, devoid of archaeological finds, was uncovered at a depth of 0.4 m.
All potsherds were found in an alluvium layer on the western slope of the hill, where the ancient remains were located. It seems the excavation area was lying beyond the limits of the settlement.