During October 2001, a salvage excavation was conducted on Pinsker Street in Jerusalem (Permit No. A-3522; map ref. NIG 22086/63070; OIG 17086/13070), prior to the construction. The excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by G. Solimany and A. Re’em, with the assistance of V. Essman (surveying).
Three phases were discovered in the excavated area (4 × 5 m; Fig. 1).
Phase 1. An entrance (L100; height 0.5 m, width 0.5 m) to a burial cave that was surrounded by a frame for a rolling stone (L101; threshold dimensions 0.4 × 2.0 m, depth 0.2 m) was discovered. Part of the burial chamber (L102) and a burial trough (L103) were preserved in the cave.
Phase 2. The area was turned into a quarry (L104) that destroyed the cave and the negatives of quarried stones were discerned in its center. The fill in the quarry contained alluvium and gravel from the rock-cutting.
Phase 3. A cistern whose ceiling had collapsed and was both built and hewn (L105; diam. 1.8 m, height 1.4 m; Fig. 2) was found. The northern side of the cistern was bedrock-hewn and the other sides were built of fieldstones and pale gray mortar. Whitish layers of hydraulic plaster that contained grog, small pieces of gravel and pieces of charcoal and lime were applied to the sides of the cistern. The fill in the cistern contained a large amount of silt that was devoid of potsherds or any other datable finds.
Hence, it was difficult to date the documented phases.