The excavations were directed by the author under the auspices of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Exploration Society. The work was carried out with financial support from the Yad Hanadiv Foundation, the B’nai Brith Organization and several other institutions. The 1994 season was financed by a generous donation of the late Leon D. Weindling through the Jerusalem Foundation. The 1996 season was conducted as a salvage dig under the auspices of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem. Many volunteers and students, groups and individuals, from Israel and abroad participated in the excavation. Of special importance was the contribution of the students of the American Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem (now the Jerusalem University College) and groups organized by the Biblical Archaeology Society.