The hall is covered with fifteen pointed vaults, arranged in three rows and supported by pillars. Two rows of square pillars were built in the middle of the hall. Each row consisted of four free-standing pillars and two engaged pillars at the ends of each row, one in the eastern wall (W2) and the other in the western wall (W4). Six engaged pillars were built along the southern wall (W3) and along the northern wall (W5), two especially wide corner pillars were constructed, as well as two engaged pillars between them, which were larger than the other pillars in the hall. Stones of different sizes with various dressing styles were incorporated in the construction of the northern wall (Fig. 2: Section 3-3). A section of the lower eastern part of the hall’s northern wall was built of dressed stones that had drafted margins. It is possible that these stones were part of an earlier wall that was incorporated within the northern wall, or they may have been dismantled from an ancient wall and combined, in secondary use, in the northern wall. Regular building stones without drafted margins were used in the wall east of this section. A fill, which consisted of small fieldstones with gray plaster between them, was exposed in the passageway that separated the two built segments. Judging by the large dimensions of the pillars in the hall’s northern wall and its method of construction, which differs from the rest of the walls, it seems that this wall was probably built at a different time than the other walls in the hall. Other construction remains in the hall indicate a later building phase. These include walls or supports that were added near the free-standing pillars, walls that rested on the two western engaged pillars in the southern W3 and also supports that were added between the southeastern free-standing pillar and the engaged pillar facing it in the eastern W2. A channel that breached the southern W3 was built in the later phase; it continued adjacent to the walls that were built near the western pillars of W3.
The Later Stratum. An east–west oriented wall (W1) that rested on the eastern W2 was exposed. Wall 1 was built of two rows of small fieldstones with gray plaster between them. The southern face of W1 was coated with gray plaster, which covered a chute descending to the west (L100) at the eastern end of the wall. It seems that Wall 1 and the chute were part of an installation associated with liquids, whose bottom part was also coated with the same gray plaster. The chute was built next to the eastern W2 and therefore, it is clear that the chute and Wall 1 postdated W2.
The Early Stratum. The eastern wall of the hall (W2) was exposed. A white plaster floor (L102; exposed area 0.95 × 1.00 m, thickness 2 cm) was discovered next to the northern engaged pillar in this wall, at a depth of 4.15 m from the top of the pillar. The floor abutted both W2 and the engaged pillar. A stone with an elongated depression (length 0.22 m, width 8 cm, depth 7 cm) that may have been a socket stone was discovered south of the pillar. Floor 102 also abutted this stone. Dark brown soil fill was excavated to a substantial depth south of Floor 102 and it is clear that W2 continued below Floor 102. It seems that the hall was two-story high and Floor 102 belonged to the upper story. As no excavation was done below the floor, it could not be dated.
The ceramic finds recovered from the excavation originated in layers of fill rather than in sealed loci and therefore, the exposed building remains can not be dated. The finds mostly dated to the Ottoman period (seventeenth–nineteenth centuries CE) and included bowls (Fig. 3:1–7), among them an imported bowl from China (Fig. 3:1), a locally made bowl that imitated an imported bowl from China (Fig. 3:2), a dark brown on green glazed bowl (Fig. 3:4) and a green glazed bowl (Fig. 3:6); small cups (Fig. 3:8, 9), kraters (Fig. 3:10, 11), jugs (Fig. 3:12–21), among them jugs with brown glaze on the rim (Fig. 3:14, 15), a jug decorated with incisions on the neck (Fig. 3:16) and two jugs with an Arabic inscription that bless the person drinking to satiation from them (Fig. 3:19, 20), one of which is a strainer jug (Fig. 3:19); a decorated body fragment (Fig. 3:22) and a lamp (Fig. 3:23). Many clay tobacco pipes from the Ottoman period were discovered, including pipes from the seventeenth century CE (Fig. 4:1–4); from the eighteenth century CE (Fig. 4:5–8); from the end of the eighteenth–beginning of nineteenth centuries CE (Fig. 4: 9–12) and from the nineteenth century CE (Fig. 4:13–15). Three fragments of pottery vessels that dated to the Mamluk period included a body sherd of a black and turquoise glazed bowl (Fig. 3:7; Frit Ware), a krater (Fig. 3:11) and the spout of a jug decorated with punctures (Fig. 3:21).