In March 2021, a salvage excavation was conducted in Moshav Gizo (Permit A-8962; map ref. 194088–134/634644–92; Fig. 1), prior to the installation of a parking lot. The excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and funded by the Mate Yehuda Regional Council, was directed by O. Shalev, with the assistance of N. Nehama (administration), E. Marko (aerial photography and photogrammetry), S. Gendler (metal detection), O. Zakaim (plans) and D. Ben-Ayoun (preliminary inspection).
The excavation followed the discovery of a wall in a trial trench, about 250 m southwest of the Rujm Beit Jiz site, where remains of a structure and pottery from the Byzantine period were recorded in the framework of the Kefar Uriyya Survey Map (Site 158; unpublished).
A field wall (W104; exposed length 15 m; Fig. 2; 3D model) was exposed; its continuation to the north was outside the excavation boundaries, and to the south it was not preserved. The wall was constructed of large and medium-size fieldstones and was founded in part on bedrock and in part on alluvium. No great effort seems to have been exerted in its construction, as its stones were apparently laid side-by-side without an attempt to form a straight line. Brown alluvium (L100, L106, L107, L109–L111) was found on either side of the wall. Among the few worn potsherds found, only three were indicative, dating from the Roman and Byzantine periods (not drawn)— insufficient evidence for dating the wall. It seems that this is a field wall built to prevent soil erosion and thus shore up land for farming.