During June 2011, a survey was conducted in the ‘Arava, east and northeast of Be’er Ora (License No. S-294/2011; map ref. 197306–200410/401761–6230), prior to devising a plan to protect against flooding in Nahal Raham. The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Israel Airports Authority, was carried out by Y. Haimi (field photography), with the assistance of S. Gal (GPS).
The survey was conducted on foot along the Nahal Raham flood plain and seven sites with architectural remains and a stone heap were documented (1–7; Fig. 1). The declared antiquities site of Nahal Nimra was documented in the survey area and stone-built circles that might be tombs were noted (B. Rothenberg. 1967. Zefunot Negev, Archaeology in the Negev and the Arabah. Masada Press. Site 36 [Hebrew]). Three of the sites in the survey, which consisted of circular buildings, are located within the precincts of this declared site.