During June 2012, a salvage excavation was conducted in Kafr Yama (Permit No. A-6519; map ref. 203296–319/697337–365), prior to construction. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by Iyad Abu Khabla, was directed by D. Masarwa, with the assistance of Y. Amrani (administration), M. Kahan (surveying and drafting), H. Ben-Ari (GPS), A. Gorzalczany (consultation), and M. Shuiskaya (pottery drawing).
Stratum III. Wall remains (W101, W108) built of medium and large fieldstones were exposed. A tamped white chalk floor (L102; Fig. 3) abutted the walls. Pottery dating to the Middle Bronze Age II was found on the floor, including bowls (Fig. 4:1, 2), cooking pots (Fig. 4:3–5), jars (Fig. 4:6–8) and a pithos (Fig. 4:9). These remains might belong to the ancient settlement of Yaham.
Stratum II. Stone collapse (L106; Fig 5) was exposed in the northeastern corner of the square; it postdated Stratum III, but cannot be dated.
Stratum I. A pit grave covered with medium-sized stones (L104; Fig. 6) was revealed, but not excavated. Similar graves dating to the Ottoman period had been excavated in the past east and north of the current excavation area (Mokary and Gal 2002:102–103).
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