During June 2004, an excavation was conducted at the RashadiyaSchool in the Newe Yaraq neighborhood of Lod, (Permit No. A-4186; map ref. NIG 19110–15/651575–625; OIG 14110–15/151575–625; Fig. 1). The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Rolan Company, was directed by Y. Elisha, with the assistance of E. Bachar (administration), A. Hajian (surveying), T. Sagiv (field photography) and M. Shuiskaya (find drawing). Additional assistance was rendered by the administration of the RashadiyaSchool.
The excavation was located c. 500 m east of the Yannai and Badhi excavation (Permit No. A-2409) and north of Avissar’s excavation (ESI 17:169–172). Remains of a floor (L9; Fig. 2) that consisted of small stones and potsherds bedding, were exposed. Potsherds dating to the Byzantine period were recovered from the stone layer and the potsherds above it included a krater (Fig. 4:2), jars (Fig. 5:3, 6) and lamps (Fig. , 12). Below the floor level were bowls (Figs. 3:1–7, 4:3–5), jars (Fig. 5:1–9), a cooking pot (Fig. 4:6) and a flask (Fig. ). A fragment of a Late Bronze milk bowl (Fig. 4:1) was also found.