Excavations at the western part of the site exposed an additional segment of the quarry (15 × 15 m; Fig. 1) on a gradually rising topography. The Hasmonean wall was built directly upon the quarry, adapting bedrock to accommodate the lowest foundation course; some hewing marks in the quarry matched the size of the wall's masonry stones. A large quantity of potsherds dating up to the first century CE was found in the quarry, suggesting that the bulk of quarrying occurred during the Hasmonean period and the construction of the wall may have been the incentive for quarrying at this site .Once quarrying stopped, part of the site was apparently exploited for the collection of water. A narrow plastered conduit (exposed length 5.1 m, width 0.2 m, depth 0.25 m; Fig. 2) with a stone-slab cover was cut into the quarry bed at the southern part of the site. It descended eastward to an unexcavated lower part of the quarry where a cistern may have existed. The only other mark of later activity in this area, except for the channel, were the remains of a rough solid wall built on a fill, c. 2.5m above the quarry bed. The wall was abruptly cut at both ends and no related architectural remains or associated surfaces were discerned. The layer next to the wall contained potsherds dating to the late Byzantine and Early Islamic periods.
 
Excavations at the eastern side of the site revealed an additional segment of the Hasmonean wall (length 3.8 m; Fig. 3), which is now exposed to a total length of 6 m. The masonry stones vary in length (0.65–0.90 m, average height 0.5 m) and most of them show the marginal dressing, characteristic of monumental Hasmonean architecture. Exposure along the southern face of the wall followed the course of one of Bliss and Dickie’s long collapsed excavation tunnels, which seems to have been partly blocked with stones for a still unknown and obscure reason. The Byzantine wall remained outside the scope of this excavation season.  
 
The majority of finds were retrieved from the massive fill that accumulated over the generations in the quarry and near the walls. The numerous potsherds ranged from Iron III (seventh–sixth centuries BCE) to the Abbasid period (eighth–tenth centuries CE). Most of the ceramics nonetheless, dated to the Hasmonean and early Roman periods, comprising a representative selection of late Second Temple pottery vessels. Among the Iron Age finds were several animal figurines, a pillar figurineand several stamped handles of the late LMLK variety. One stamped handle dated to the Persian period and its mark read yhd, with the addition of the letter tet. Early Roman pottery was mostly locally produced, although imported vessels were noted, including the handle of a large black-slipped imported lamp. A large storage jar potsherd adorned with a pomegranate branch and two fruits belonged to the same period (Fig. 4). Two words in Greek, not yet deciphered, can be seen next to the branch. Nearly 150 coins were recovered, as well as several fragmentary architectural elements of nari limestone, including two parts of a pillar coated with white stucco in a delicate fluting pattern.