During February 2011, a salvage excavation was conducted in the fields of Qibbuz Kefar Glickson, within the precincts of the Mishmarot antiquities site (Permit No. A-6111; map ref. 20019–33/71111–23), in the wake of damage to antiquities caused while preparing the ground for cultivation. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by Qibbuz Kefar Glickson, was directed by A. Masarwa (field photography), with the assistance of Y. Lavan and Y. Amrani (administration), R. Mishayev and M. Kahan (surveying and drafting), P. Gendelman (identifying and dating ceramic finds), M. Shuiskaya (pottery drawing), A. Gorzalczany (archaeological consultation), M. Masarwa and K. Sa‘id.
Two excavation squares were opened (D1, D2; Fig. 1):
Square D1. A wall, oriented east–west, was exposed (W404; Fig. 2). The wall, preserved a single course high (exposed length 1.5 m), was built of dressed limestone blocks (0.23 × 0.42 × 0.50 m) and founded on the natural bedrock. No remains of a floor that abutted it were found. The wall extended beyond the limits of the excavation area and therefore, it was impossible to determine its nature. The ceramic finds recovered from the fill between its stones and in its proximity included jars (Fig. 3:1, 2) and juglets (Fig. 3:3, 4) from the Roman period (second–third centuries CE).
Square D2. Part of a structure was exposed (Fig. 4). Three of its walls (W403, W407, W408) survived and formed a corner of a building. The walls, founded on the bedrock, were built of limestone with soil fill between them. Wall 407, aligned south–north, was preserved a single course high (exposed length 1.6 m) and abutted Wall 408 from the east. The continuation of W408 (exposed length 1.5 m), which was preserved a single course high, extended beyond the limits of the excavation area.
Wall 403 (0.34 × 0.40 × 0.60 m), to the west of and parallel to W408, was built of limestone. No floor remains that abutted the walls of the building were exposed and therefore, it was not possible to determine the purpose of the structure. The ceramic finds from the building included cooking pots (Fig. 5:1, 2) and jars (Fig. 5:3–5) from the Byzantine period (sixth century CE).
Remains of a wall from the Roman period (second–third centuries CE), as well as three rooms that formed part of a building from the Byzantine period (sixth century CE), were exposed in the excavation. The limited scope of the excavation made it impossible to determine the character and nature of the wall and the building. The finds from the excavation join the tomb remains from the Roman period, which were exposed 1 km to the west.