Square 1. Part of a cistern (L117; Fig. 3) that was partially plastered on the interior was discovered. Most of the installation was damaged as a result of modern infrastructure work.
Square 2. No architectural remains were found. The area was severely damaged as a result of modern infrastructure work. A fragment of a jug (Fig. 4:14) was found between the electrical and water pipes in the square.
Square 3. The side of an installation, of which only three dressed stones survived (W2; length 1.1 m, width 0.3 m, height 0.25 m; see Fig. 3), was exposed. A small segment of a thin white plaster floor (L118) was exposed west of the installation and north of the floor was a round installation (L111; diam. c. 1 m) that was probably a cesspit cast from small fieldstones and gray mortar. The remains in the square were poorly preserved, owing to the installation of modern infrastructures. An intact juglet (Fig. 4:16) was discovered on Floor 118.
Square 4. The southwestern wall of an installation (L116; presumed diam. c. 3 m; see Fig. 3) was revealed. The wall (W1) curved slightly and was built of fieldstones with a small amount of gray mortar. Many of the installation’s stones were discovered in a heap on top of the natural sand level (L115), probably due to damage caused by modern infrastructures that was also noted in Sq 3. Two bowls (Fig. 4:5, 6) and a cone fragment of a pottery kiln (Fig. 4:20) were discovered upon the upper part of Installation 116. Two fragments of juglets (Fig. 4:12, 15) were discovered in the upper natural sand layer (L115).
Square 5. A round installation (L113; diam. c. 0.8 m; see Fig. 3) built of fieldstones in dry construction was discovered. The installation, whose purpose is unclear, was set inside the layer of natural sand (L103), which contained a bowl (Fig. 4:1) and a lamp base (Fig. 4:17).
Plaster floors of good quality and a robber trench were discovered on Squares 6–9 (see Fig. 3) and it seems that the floors were part of a residential building whose walls were looted.
Square 6. Two superposed plaster floors (L112, L119) were discovered. Floor 112 consisted of whitish plaster (thickness c. 0.5 cm) and a cooking krater (Fig. 4:7), a jar (Fig. 4:9) and a section of a terracotta pipe (Fig. 4:19) were found above it. A finely built plaster floor (L119; thickness c. 1 cm) was exposed beneath Floor 112. Part of a plastered installation and a terracotta pipe leading to it, as well as a jar (Fig. 4:11) and a jug (Fig. 4:13), were discovered on top of Floor 119.
Square 7. Two superposed plaster floors (L108, L120) were exposed. Floor 108 was composed of thin whitish plaster and several small fieldstones. Floor 120 beneath it, consisted of thin whitish plaster. Part of a cistern was exposed in the eastern part of Floor 120 and next to it was part of an installation, whose purpose is unclear, which might have been the base for a section-built water pipe. The finds recovered from Floor 108 included a bowl (Fig. 4:3) and a cooking pot (Fig. 4:8) and those overlying Floor 120 included two bowls (Fig. 4:2, 4).
Square 8. A well-made plaster floor (L104), at whose end was the robber trench of a wall was exposed. Presumably, the floor had originally abutted the robbed wall. The floor continued south of the robber trench (L121) and a shallow circular non-plastered installation (inner diam. c. 0.35 m, depth c. 0.3 m), built of small fieldstones and dug into the layer of natural sand, was incorporated in it. The installation’s opening (diam. c. 0.2 m) was blocked with fieldstones and fragments of marble slabs. The purpose of the installation is unclear. A jar (Fig. 4:10) and a terracotta pipe section (Fig. 4:18) were discovered on top of Floor 104.
Square 9. A small segment of a white plaster floor (L109) was exposed; it was damaged when modern infrastructures were installed.
The excavation was conducted along the fringes of the ancient city of Ramla and it was difficult to determine if the exposed settlement remains were part of the city itself or the ancient city’s periphery. In any event, it is apparent that the installations and residential structures exposed in the excavation were not as well constructed as the buildings that have been revealed in the center of the city.
Only installations and a cistern were exposed in the northern part of the excavation, while in the southern part there is also evidence of a building consisting of plaster floors and a robber trench. The area between the northern and southern parts was excavated intermittently and it is therefore difficult to reconstruct its entire plan and impossible to know if this was a residential building and an adjacent courtyard with installations or if they were separate units.