During the 2000 field season excavation continued in Grid 23 where a rare coin depicting Cleopatra was found.
Work also continued in Grid 51 as archaeologists continued to expose and excavate more of the Persian and Hellenistic cities.
On the North Tell, excavation of the Gate complex was complete but restoration work was ongoing.
After the 2000 field season there were several more field seasons but none were on the scale of the early years. In 2004, the team focused on Grid 38 in an effort to finish the excavation of the Philistine levels.
In 2007 the team returned again for a study season and in 2008 full-scale excavation of the site resumed.