The excavation is being conducted under the auspices of the University of Bar-Ilan and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. We have also received support from the Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz Chair in the Land of Israel Studies, the Dr. Simon Krauthammer Chair in Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University, the Beth-Shemesh municipality and the Jewish National Fund. The project is directed by the authors and by associate director Steve P. Weitzman of Indiana University, Bloomington. Special thanks are offered to all our staff members, BAR volunteers and students from Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University, Indiana University, and North Bible College in Minnesota.