Nine shafts were found (diam. c. 1 m, average depth 1.5 m); although no burial remains were discovered in them, they were probably hewn for use as shaft tombs, which were common for burial in the Bronze Age. Four of the shafts were located in the ceiling of a large bell-shaped cistern that was hewn in a later period (L2; below); two were in the center of the cistern’s ceiling, which was supported by a column that separated between the shafts, and the other two were in the southern end of the cistern, causing a deviation in its circular outline. It seems that the shafts were added on to the cistern after it was hewn and one of the southern shafts was neatly blocked with stones (Fig. 3; Sections: 3-3, 4-4).
Two other shafts were discovered along the southeastern edge of the bedrock surface, in the area of the cupmarks. Only the northern part of the shafts and several cupmarks remained on the eastern edge of the bedrock surface after its southern part had detached and settled into a subterranean cavity (L5; diam. c. 9 m; Fig. 4). Other massive bedrock chunks from the cavity’s ceiling were found fallen in its vicinity. The collapse of the subterranean cavity’s ceiling probably stemmed from the multitude of cupmarks and shafts, bedrock cracking, undermining tree roots in bedrock cracks and a later quarry (below). A large quantity of various size stones that had filled the cavity prior to the collapse of its ceiling was discerned. The collapse of the ceiling reached a depth of 0.7–1.0 m.
The cavity seems to have been a series of several shaft tombs, two of which can be seen along its eastern edge.
Three other shafts were discovered in their entirety. The first (L9) was not fully excavated since it was blocked with stones, bonded with a hard-lime deposit that hampered their removal. The second (L7) was not completely hewn because natural karstic cavities in bedrock were probably judged unsuitable for hewing by the quarrymen. It contained a few potsherds that dated to the Intermediate Bronze Age, including holemouth jars (Fig. 5:1, 2) and jars (Fig. 5:3, 4). The third shaft (L6), also surrounded by natural karstic cavities, was hewn to a depth of c. 1.7 m and branched out to a small chamber (1.3 × 2.2 m, height 1.1–1.3 m) in the southeast, which contained jar fragments, probably from the Intermediate Bronze Age (Fig. 5:5).
A large quantity of potsherds, mostly from Middle Bronze II and a few from the Intermediate Bronze Age, mixed with stones that covered the area, was found along the southern and eastern edges of the bedrock surface. An intact clay lamp, probably dating to MB II (Fig. 5:6), was found on top of the collapsed bedrock ceiling of the southern cavity (L5).