During December 2010, a salvage excavation was conducted at Horbat Bizqa (Permit No. A-6067; map ref. 196206–319/643347–419), prior to construction. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by A. Pri’on Architects and City Planners Ltd., was directed by V. Eshed, with the assistance of Y. Amrani (administration), M. Kunin (surveying and drafting), A. Peretz (field photography), H. Torge (pottery reading) and M. Shuiskaya (pottery drawing).
A field wall (W101; exposed length 6 m), aligned northwest-southeast, was uncovered in the current excavation; it was built of a single row of medium-sized fieldstones (0.5 × 0.5 × 0.5 m), placed on the bedrock. The wall was preserved a single course high. Wadi pebbles had accumulated naturally south of the wall; most were flint pebbles indigenous to the region (L100). While excavating the wall, a few potsherds dating to the Early Roman period were discovered, including a bowl (Fig. 3:1) and a jar (Fig. 3:2). It is possible that these vessels date the wall to the Early Roman period, although the wall might be dated to the Byzantine period, like the settlement that was situated in the nearby ruin. The wall was probably used to demarcate agricultural plots in a cultivated region.