A salvage excavation was conducted in July 2000 on Ben-Zvi Street in Ramla (A-3262
*; map ref. NIG 18694/64826; OIG 13694/14826) after ancient remains were discovered during an antiquities inspection performed by Y. Elisha and the digging of a probe by a backhoe. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, was directed by O. Sion, assisted by R. Shnita (surveying) and E. Belashov (drafting).
The site is located on the western edge of Old Ramla and one excavation square (2.5
× 6.0 m) was opened. In the northern part of the square was a wall (exposed length 1.6 m) built of medium-sized dressed stones and oriented east–west. It was preserved a single course high, save its eastern end where two courses were preserved, the top one was partially plastered. A plaster floor abutted the base of the upper course; it was exposed in the northern section of the square as well. The floor overlaid a bed of small stones. About 1 m west of the wall, a bag-shaped jar, whose bottom was trimmed off, was uncovered, in situ,
buried in the ground. The rim of the jar was level with the plaster floor. A stone heap (diam. 1.1 m) that was probably a sewage pit was 1.4 m west of the jar; its top was level with the plaster floor.
Segments of three plaster floors, one atop the other, were discerned in the northern section of the square. The two lower floors may have been part of a single sloping floor, of the kind noted in the southern section of the square.
The ceramic finds recovered from the excavation dated to the Early Islamic period (8th–10th centuries CE) and included fragments of bowls, kraters, cooking pots, jars and jugs, as well as several fragments of glass and animal bones. The remains investigated in the excavation probably belonged to a building that was located on the outskirts of Ramla during the Abbasid period.