The two pottery vessels are a storage jar and a flask (Fig. 1). The storage jar (Height 51 cm) has a cylindrical body, rounded sloping shoulders, a collared neck and a rounded thickened rim. This jar is similar to Stern’s storage jar Type D (E. Stern. Material Culture of the Land of the Bible in the Persian Period 538-332 B.C.E. Jerusalem 1982), apart from the unusual collared neck. The complete large flask conforms to Type A in Stern’s classification, including the wide band on the side. It has a single short diagonal stroke on one handle incised before firing. 


On the basis of these two vessels it is possible to broadly date the cave to the Persian period. No other caves or settlements from this period have yet been discovered in the immediate vicinity.