Spring 1980 by Brandeis University (dir. Seymour Gitin), summer 1980 - 1982 by New York University (dir. Lawrence Schiffman) and Hebrew University (Area supervisors - Ilan Sharon, Rina Rubinstein). Hebrew University continued excavating in 1983 - 1984, with Ayelet Gilboa supervising.
Area was fully published in Vol. 1-2 of the final report.
Local phases 6-7: Section of Ir2b - Persian offset-inset city wall is reused in this phase. Earliest evidence for the orthogonal town plan of the Persian - Roman period.
Local phases 8-10. Section of Ir2b - Persian offset-inset city wall is reused in this phase. No significant structural remains inside city-wall.