The excavation area (3 × 15 m; Fig. 1) was located on a hillside in the western quarter of Ibthan. Two retaining walls of agricultural terraces (W101, W104; Figs. 2, 3) built of medium and large stones (maximum length 0.9 m) were exposed. The walls were preserved to a height of two–four courses. A narrow terrace (width 1.5–2.0 m) extended between the two walls. Two layers of fill were exposed above bedrock: a bottom layer of medium size stones and reddish soil (L102, L103) and an upper layer of dark, rich top soil suitable for cultivation (thickness 0.5–0.7 m). Several pottery sherds were found between the walls, among them jar fragments from the Iron Age (Fig. 4:1), the Persian or the Hellenistic period (Fig. 4:2), the Hellenistic period (Fig. 4:3) and the Early Roman period (Fig. 4:4, 5). The discovery for the first time of Iron Age pottery in Ibthan may indicate that the site was inhabited during this period.