Within a short time, however, the Bikura residents were obliged to abandon the moshav, and after the retaining walls collapsed, an earthslide covered the two collection pools and the aqueduct that had fed them with water from the springs.
Throughout the 1950s, the site was used as a training area by Israel Defense Forces’ paratroopers and Unit 101.
In the early 1980s, KKL-JNF workers began to reconstruct Sataf’s agricultural terraces and restore the two collection pools serving each of the two local springs, Ein Sataf and Ein Bikura. They re-dug the irrigation channels to the agricultural plots on the re-terraced land, and, thanks to their efforts, today we can observe hillside agriculture as it was practiced in Biblical times. In the future, visitors will also be able to see items connected to harvesting, such as olive pressing, trampling grapes for wine, etc.
Restoration of the site continues. Some of the work is carried out by schoolchildren and IDF soldiers, whose activities bring them in direct contact with concepts from the Jewish sources such as ma‘yan hatum (literally “a sealed spring,” i.e., a spring whose waters have been diverted to make them more easily accessible), shalhin agriculture (i.e, agriculture that uses channel-fed irrigation) and ba‘al agriculture, which is dependent only on natural precipitation, without recourse to man-made irrigation methods. Two families resident in Sataf are employed by KKL-JNF to continue the restoration work, cultivate the orchards and vegetable plots and offer visitors guidance and explanations.