Before the expansion of the Qibbuz, preliminary examinations were performed with the aid of mechanical equipment to identify the northeastern boundary of the site. Antiquities were discovered in two lots adjacent to the excavation area (depth c. 1.5 m), which was in a flat basalt area, c. 10 m above the limestone bedrock.
A square (4 × 6 m; Fig. 1), expanded to the north, was opened and finds that dated to the Byzantine, Abbasid and Mamluk periods, as well as the modern era, were discovered.
Byzantine period (fourth–eighth century CE). The finds included a structure (W2, W4), founded on bedrock and built of square basalt stones (L105), which survived a single course high; an opening was set in W2 (Fig. 2).
Abbasid and Mamluk periods (ninth–tenth, twelfth–fourteenth centuries CE). Only potsherds were found.
Twentieth Century CE. Remains of walls and a concrete floor of a building were found (Loci 106, 107, 110; W1, W3; height 1 m). It seems that most of the building was located northwest of W1.