The modern town of Lod, located some 7 km south of Ben Gurion International Airport, is constructed over an archaeological site on the banks of the Ayalon stream. Neolithic, Bronze Age, Roman, Byzantine, Early Islamic, Frankish, Mameluke and Ottoman periods have been reported in the tens of excavations that have been carried out over the years.
The earliest settlement–that of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages–was under the northern part of the modern town, where large banking and hi-tech buildings have recently been erected. With time, the settlement core migrated to the south, along the west bank of the Ayalon. What remains of the old Ottoman town is in this section, built over Roman, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Mameluke remains. This is where we the townspeople–mostly schoolchildren are excavating.