Six squares were opened in which two strata were discovered (Fig. 2).
Stratum I
Four rooms of a residential structure were uncovered in this stratum. The walls of the eastern room (W106, W107, W123) were built of large fieldstones, and its floor consisted of plaster and tamped earth (L117). An opening (width 0.5 m) in Wall 107 led to the second room. A plaster floor (L115) that was founded on a bedding of large fieldstones abutted the walls (W107, W111) of that room. Plaster floor L121 continued to the third room whose walls (W111, W112, W114) were built of fieldstones and faced with gray plaster. West of Wall 112 and parallel to it, another wall (W120) was exposed that formed a room that was paved with medium-sized fieldstones (L132; Fig. 3). A massive wall (W113) built of three rows of fieldstones and abutted by a stone pavement (L129; Fig. 4) was exposed c. 5.5 m west of the building. Fragments of glazed bowls (Fig. 6:1–5), kraters (Fig. 6:6) and jugs (Fig. 6:7–9) from the Abbasid period (ninth–tenth centuries CE) were found in the fill of the walls and in the floor beddings.
Stratum II
After dismantling part of the floor of Stratum I (L115), a round pit (L130) was exposed that was hewn in nari bedrock. It seems that the quarrying of the pit was halted at the point where bedrock became friable (Fig. 5). Part of a second hewn pit (L128) was exposed after another floor (L117) was removed. Fragments of bowls (Fig. 6:10) and jars (Fig. 6:11–17) dating to the Byzantine period (seventh century CE) were found in the fill of both pits.