The winepress consisted of a treading floor and two collecting vats (Fig. 1). The damaged treading floor, paved with white mosaic and visible in the section, was not excavated as it extended into the neighboring plot. The two collecting vats were adjacent to each other and seem to have had similar dimensions (L101—1.0 × 1.5 × 1.6 m; L102—0.8 × 1.4 × 1.6 m). Only the area of the vats visible in the section was exposed and cleaned. The walls of Vat 101 may have been partially rock-hewn, but they were lined with small stones set in mortar and covered with a layer of plaster (Fig. 2). The rock-cut floor sloped down on the west to form a depression at the bottom, c. 0.12 m lower than the rest of the floor, for the settling of the residue. The floor was paved with large white tesserae (Fig. 3). The base of the walls at the joint with the floor was rounded with plaster. Only a small area of Vat 102 was excavated, exposing a wall built of small stones in mortar, but no plaster was extant. Sporadic and non-diagnostic potsherds were collected in the excavation, datable to the Byzantine period.
The small incense altar was found in the fill of Vat 101 when the earthworks were carried out. The house owners exhibited the altar in the vat until the IAA took it for examination. The altar (0.21 × 0.15 m, height 0.3 m; Fig. 4) was of soft white limestone and had a stepped decoration in relief. A circular depression (diam. 0.1 m) on the altar surface was used for the burning of incense. This small incense altar was obviously not in situ in the fill of the collecting vat and may have been thrown in once the winepress went out of use. It is possible that the altar originated in the pagan temple at Kh. Aryaq, on the nearby Har Zefiya. Unfortunately, the site was subject to extensive earthworks that left no remains of the once thriving temple.
A large (height 0.7 m) altar with a similar stepped relief was found at Megiddo, within the Roman military camp of Legio (Permit No. A-3417).