Phase II. Part of a building that comprised three rooms (1–3) and two open spaces (4, 5) was exposed. A floor (2.30 × 3.25 m) was revealed in Room 1 (L203). It was composed of beige-white chalk, rich in shells and founded on wadi pebbles. Two of the discovered walls of the room (W1, W7) were built of two rows of kurkar stones, with a core of stones and were preserved three courses high (0.6 m); some of kurkar stones were well-dressed. The walls were coated with plaster, similar to that used on the floor. Wall 7 was short and its southern end was straight, probably due to an opening that connected the room to Open Space 4, set next to it. Room 2 was exposed in its entirety (L200; 3.1 × 5.7 m). Its eastern and northern walls (W3, W6) built similar to the walls of Room 1, were preserved three courses high (c. 0.75 m). The top of wall 3 protruded c. 5 cm above the floor of the room, which consisted of coarse white tesserae that were set within a border of three rows of red tesserae. Two entrances were noted in the walls of the room; one (A) was set in the northwestern corner and the other (B), in the southern side of W3. The floor next to Entrance A was paved with small stones, delimited on the north and east by dressed stones; it bordered the red tesserae of the floor in Room 2. A stone socket (0.25 × 0.25 m) was uncovered in situ. Entrance B (width 0.5 m) connected Room 2 to Open Space 5 and two descending steps were built in it. A conduit (C; length 0.6 m, width 0.13 m, height 0.7 m) that connected Room 2 to Open Space 5 was exposed in the northern part of W3. Three walls (W4–W6) that enclosed Room 3 (L205) were each built in a different manner. Wall 6 (width 0.5 m) consisted of two rows of stones; Wall 5 (width 0.6 m) had two outer rows of small stones and a core of elongated stones; and Wall 4 (width 0.95, preserved height 0.74 m) was constructed from two outer rows of large stones and two rows of small stones in-between. Room 3 was paved with large ceramic tiles (0.4 × 0.5 m), two of which were preserved in situ. Only the remains of two walls, which delimited the area from the north (W2; exposed length 3.3 m) and west (W7), were exposed in Open Space 4. A stone socket was preserved in situ within a stepped opening that was set in W2. A round structure exposed in Open Space 5 (exposed area 4.0 × 7.6 m), whose outer face was built of dressed kurkar stones and the interior was a fill of small stones, rose to c. 0.8 m high above the floor (Loci 206, 208). The latter consisted of crushed and tamped kurkar and abutted W3. Next to Channel C in W3, ash remains (thickness 4 cm) were discovered on the floor (diam. 1.2 m), indicating that the conduit conveyed hot air.
Phase I. A few changes were made to the building. The entrances that connected Open Space 5 to Room 2 and Open Space 4 were sealed with stone construction, without bonding material. A new floor of crushed and tamped kurkar (L201) was laid down, c. 0.45 m higher than the floor of Phase II in Open Space 5.
The artifacts recovered from the excavation included numerous fragments of pottery vessels, most of which were Gaza jars, a coin, fragments of marble, roof tiles and ceramic floor tiles. The ceramic finds in the two phases dated to the Byzantine period. Above the floor of Open Space 5 in Phase II, Gaza jar sherds (Fig. 3:1–5) and saqiye jars (Fig. 3:8, 9) were discovered. Gaza jars fragments (Fig. 3:6, 7) in Phase I were discovered above the floor in Open Space 5. The Gaza jars found in the excavation were common to the southern coastal plain in the fifth–seventh centuries CE. The saqiye jars, dated to the sixth–seventh centuries CE, were also popular along the coastal plain. The coin (IAA 97976) was discovered on the Phase II floor of Open Space 5 (L206). It was struck in Carthage, probably in the sixth century CE, and it bears an eight-pointed star pattern within a circle. Other coins from the same mint were uncovered in the region of Ashqelon. The marble assemblage included ten gray, light white and dark white fragments, two green fragments and another light gray fragment (length 17.5 cm), which was discovered close to the surface (Fig. 3:10). The floor tiles were similar to the in situ ceramic tiles in Room 3.