In January and February 2018, a salvage excavation was conducted at the Ridge Compound in ‘Atlit (Permit No. A-8220; map ref. 194940–7/733860–8; Fig. 1) prior to construction work. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by Shatit Ltd., was directed by S. Davidov (field photography), with the assistance of Y. Amrani (administration), E. Shukron (quarry discovery), R. Mishayev (surveying and drafting) and P. Gendelman (scientific guidance).
A quarry uncovered in the bedrock (L11; 5.5 × 9.0 m, c. 1.1 m deep; Figs. 2–4) contained severance channels and negatives of different-sized stones on four to five quarrying levels. No diagnostic finds were recovered.
Numerous quarries previously discovered in the Ridge Compound attest to intensive quarrying carried out throughout the area in order to construct the ancient settlement at ‘Atlit. In the absence of diagnostic finds, it is difficult to determine when the stones were extracted from the quarry.