During July 2006, a survey was conducted in the Devira Forest (Permit No. A- 4865; map ref. NIG 18620–85/59110–55; OIG 13620–85/09110–55), prior to ground preparation work. The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by the Jewish National Fund, was conducted by E. Aladjem and S. Gendler, with the assistance of S. Gal (GPS).
Eight sites were documented in the survey area, which extended across a hilly region north of the Devir-Lahav Junction and south of the Lahav Forest.
Site 501: A terrace wall, oriented east–west (length 20 m, width 1 m), which was preserved a single course high.
Site 502: A terrace wall (length 25 m), oriented north–south.
Site 503: A rectangular structure/field tower (2 × 10 m) situated on the ridge. The walls, preserved two courses high, were built of two rows of medium-sized fieldstones and a core of small stones. A partition wall divided the structure into two rooms.
Site 504: A rectangular structure/field tower (2 × 8 m) whose walls were preserved a single course high.
Site 505: A terrace wall (Length 40 m) built of two rows of stones, without a core. The wall extended along the side of a hill that sloped to the northeast and was preserved two courses high.
Site 506: A terrace wall (length 40 m), preserved two courses high, which was the northeast continuation of the terrace wall at Site 505.
Site 507: A rectangular rock cutting (1 × 2 m, depth 1 m).
Site 508: A dwelling cave whose opening was partly blocked by a fieldstone-built wall.