During March 2011, a trial excavation was conducted southwest of Yoqne‘am (Permit No. A-6157; map ref. 207653–7/726974–80), prior to construction of a school. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Yoqne‘am municipality, was directed by G.B. Jaffe (field photography), with the assistance of Y. Ya‘aqobi (administration), A. Shapiro (GPS), H. Tahan-Rosen (pottery drawing) and W. Atrash (guidance).
The two farming terraces point to agricultural activity in the region in antiquity. The discovery of a Kefar Hananya cooking pot in the Yoqne‘am area is important and rare because this is the border of the region, in which Kefar Hananya pottery vessels are known to have been distributed.