During June 2005, a survey prior to development was conducted east of Poriyya (the work village; Permit No. A-4476*; map ref. NIG 25175–212/73575–662, OIG 20175–212/23575–662). The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the ‘Arim Company, was directed by Y. Tepper (photography), with the assistance of A. Mokary, B. Hana and Z. Horovich (surveying), E. Bron (GPS) and A. Shapiro (location map).
The survey (c. 3 sq km; Fig. 1) was conducted along the slopes west of the Moshava Kinneret and east of Poriyya. The high western part of survey area, as well as the low eastern part, are rocky and steep, while the middle of the area has moderate slopes, flat areas and cultivated fields. One main site (Points 10–19) and three concentrations of sites with finds (Points 2–6 in the north; Points 7–9 in the northeast; Points 1, 20 in the south) were recorded in the survey and a few potsherds dating to the Bronze and Iron Ages and the Roman and Mamluk periods were collected.
The main site (c. 4 dunams) is located on a high hill (Fig. 2). A circular building (diam. c. 10 m) was documented at the top of the hill. It was constructed from large indigenous basalt stones and preserved one–two courses high. Remains of walls that may have been internal partitions were visible inside the building. Three hewn cupmarks were located nearby. The opening of an underground complex (cistern?) was documented on the northern slope of the hill. On a saddle west of the building was a channel (length 35 m, width 8 m), both dug and rock-hewn. Stone walls and stone clearance heaps were built on either side of it. Elongated stone clearance heaps, below which stone walls may be hidden, were noted on the western moderate part of the site. A wall built two courses high of large basalt stones was surveyed on the steep slope of the hill northeast of the building. The wall extended up to the edge of the channel. The site is located at a strategic point that controls the nearby area and has a commanding view of the surroundings farther away. It is reasonable to assume that this site was associated with the large settlements nearby, among them Horbat Qedesh to the north, Tel Bet Yerah to the east and Tel ‘Eli and Horbat Kush to the south.
The three concentrations of finds in the north, northeast and south of the survey area consisted of stone piles (max. diam. 5 m) and walls, which were probably used to delimit fields.