During February 2002, an excavation was conducted in Horbat Liqit (Permit No. A-3588*; map ref. NIG 18615–55/58112–79; OIG 13615–55/08112–79), for the purpose of exposing tombs in an area slated for the construction of a new residential neighborhood. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and financed by the Bedouin Administration, was directed by Y. Haimi, assisted by V. Essman and V. Pirsky (surveying and drafting).
An olive grove was uprooted from the area of the site (50 × 100 m). Forty-four tombs that are characteristic of the Byzantine period (Fig. 1) were exposed at a depth of 2.3 m below surface.
The tombs and the covering slabs are built of various-sized limestone blocks (length 1–2 m, width 0.7–1.0 m; Fig. 2). The tombs were not excavated.