During May 2005, an excavation was conducted in Lot 289 in Kerem Maharal (Permit No. A-4475; map ref. NIG 19933–35/72750–55; OIG 14933–35/22750–55), prior to construction. The excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by A. Shadman.
The excavation was carried out along the southeastern fringes of the Kerem Maharal site, on the remains of the Arab village of Ijzim, where settlement remains from the Roman and Byzantine periods are found.
A quarry (3.0 × 4.5, depth 0.2–0.3 m) was exposed between two natural pits on the surface. A stone that was still attached to bedrock was visible in the quarry. Another larger quarry (3 × 10 m), in which five undetached stones (each 0.3–0.4 m) were noted, was exposed in the northern part of the area. A few pottery fragments that dated to the Byzantine period were found near the stones. It seems that this ancient quarry had probably operated in the Byzantine period.