During November–December 2004, a salvage excavation was conducted at Giv‘at ‘Ada (Permit No. A-4285*; map ref. NIG 20171–80/71407–22; OIG 15171–80/21407–22). The excavation carried out on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and funded by the A.A. Ha-Shalom Company and Industrial Buildings Company, Ltd., was directed by A. Massarwa, assisted by A. Hajian (surveying and drafting).
The excavation was performed along the eastern margin of the settlement, above a steep slope on the southwestern fringes of Ramot Menashe; remains of quarries were discovered. Previous archaeological excavations were conducted nearby (HA-ESI 120
On a slope of soft chalk bedrock and in an area of 8 × 60 m, about 38 rock-cuttings and quarries of the square courtyard type were exposed. One to four layers of quarrying that utilized most of bedrock were discerned in the quarries, as well as severance channels and the negatives of stones that were of uniform size (0.20 × 0. 35 × 0.80 m). The work in the quarries was apparently suspended when the quarrymen encountered very hard limestone. The quarries could not be dated due to the absence of ceramic finds.
It seems that the exposed remains were part of an industrial complex, which may have been used to maintain the Roman road passing nearby.