During July 2005, a survey prior to development was conducted at Umm ed-Dannanir northeast of Moshav Yonatan (Permit No. A-4554*; map ref. NIG 2760–70/7610–20; OIG 2260–70/2610–20), prior to preparing the area for construction. The survey, carried out on behalf of the Antiquities Authority and financed by the Kolhē Golan Company, was directed by O. Zingboym and A. Shapiro.
The site is located on an easily cultivated basalt hill north of Moshav Yonatan. Surveys that had been performed at the site exposed remains from the Late Roman and Mamluk periods that included buildings, masonry stones, tombs and ceramics, as well as potsherds dating to the Early Bronze Age (ESI 9:7–8; Gregg R.C. and Urman D., Jews, Pagans and Christians in the Golan Heights: Greek and Other Inscriptions of the Roman and Byzantine Eras, Princeton, 1996, p. 172).
The survey was conducted west of the site, adjacent to a trench cut by the Israel Defense Forces and extending as far as the trees planted by the Jewish National Fund (Fig. 1). At the time the trench was cut, cists tombs that apparently belonged to a settlement from the Roman-Byzantine period were damaged in the northern part of the site. Other than a few pottery fragments, no antiquities were found and it seems that the area lay outside the confines of the ancient site.