During June 2001 a salvage excavation was conducted on Bethlehem Street in Qiryat Ata (Permit No. A-3450*; map ref. NIG 210185–200/745525–540; OIG 160185–200/245525–540), in the wake of digging foundations for an electric pole. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and funded by the Electric Company, was directed by E. ‘Awawdy, assisted by V. Pirsky (surveying).
An area (2.5 × 5.0 m) was opened, revealing a wall (W1; length 1.5 m, width 0.8 m, height 0.5 m; Fig. 1) oriented east–west. Only two courses of the wall were preserved. Threshold stones in secondary use were incorporated in the lower course and a weight from an oil press was used in the upper course.
The ceramic finds recovered from either side of the wall included jars fragments dating to the Roman period.