During February 2006 a survey prior to development was performed along the routes of Highway 90 and Highway 348 at the northern entrance to Tiberias (Permit No. A-4715*; map ref. NIG 24930–5090/74435–625; OIG 19930–5090/24435–625). The survey, carried out on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and sponsored by the Department of Public Works, was directed by M. Hartal, with the assistance of A. Shapiro.
A section of Highway 90 will run along the eastern edge of Tel Raqqat where remains from the Early Bronze and the Iron Ages were identified. Since walls were discerned during the survey, it seems that the construction of the road will result in serious damage to the site. No ancient remains were found in the other sections.
No antiquities were noted during the examination of Highway 348. It is feared that damage may be caused to Tiberias’ cemetery, which is located at the southern end of the road. No tombs were discovered in the survey; a Roman mausoleum, however, was excavated nearby (‘Atiqot 38:73*–90*).