During July 2004 a trial excavation was conducted in the northern part of Bet Shemesh (Permit No. A-4204*; map ref. NIG 2000/6290; OIG 1500/1290), prior to the paving of Highway 14. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and funded by the Ministry of Construction and Housing, was directed by I. Zilberbod, with the assistance of R. Abu-Khalaf (administration) and H. Stark (GPS surveying).
Three trial squares were opened on the northern slope of the hill. The excavation area was c. 800 m northwest of the excavation at Mahseya (HA-ESI 113:124*) and c. 300 m north of another excavation at the site (A-4094). Numerous stones, some of which were extremely large (max. dimensions 1.1 × 1.7 m), were discovered randomly scattered in no apparent context. The ceramic finds included fragments of pottery vessels from Iron II and the Byzantine period. It seems that the stones and the potsherds were swept from a nearby site located farther up the hill.