During August 2012, a salvage excavation was conducted on Dundikov Street in Rehovot, at the Khirbat Deiran antiquities site (Permit No. A-6580; map ref. 182451–69/644775–91; Fig. 1), following the discovery of ancient remains prior to installing a pipe. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Heller Company, was directed by T. Greenvald, with the assistance of Y. Amrani (administration), M. Kunin (surveying and drafting), A. Dagot (GPS), A. Peretz (field photography), A. Gorzalczany and Y. Arbel (ceramics) and M. Shuiskaya (pottery drawing).
The potsherds dating to the Ottoman period in the pit (L12; Fig. 2) included a Gaza Ware bowl (Fig. 3:1), a jar (Fig. 3:2) and roof tiles (Fig. 3:3, 4). In addition, several potsherds from the Byzantine period (not drawn), animal bones, metal fragments, glass and modern refuse were found.
For the first time, artifacts dating to the Ottoman period were found at Khirbat Deiran, showing that activity also transpired at the site during this period.