Area Q (Fig. 2)
This area was opened in the southern part of the site, on a slope that descends gently to the south between Areas A and H, north of Ha-Te’enimStreet.
Stratum II. The remains in this layer were fragmentary when excavated below the Stratum I levels. The southern side of a fieldstone wall (W11) that was founded on top of bedrock was exposed in Square 1; the wall was abutted by a tamped-earth floor (L115). Sections of two walls (W9, W10), built atop bedrock, were exposed in Square 2; no floor that could be attributed to them was identified. The ceramic finds from this stratum included a bowl (Fig. 3:1), a hole-mouth jar (Fig. 3:3) and jar (Fig. 3:4).
Stratum I. Two building phases were exposed. Remains of the early phase (Ib) were discovered in the three squares. Two walls that formed the corner of a room (W12, W13; Fig. 4) and a section of another wall (W7) were exposed in Square 1. A tamped earth floor (L118) abutted Walls 12 and 13, which were preserved a single course high. A tamped earth floor (L112B; Fig. 5), set on the remains of Stratum II and negating their use, was exposed in Square 2. The continuation of this floor (L113B, L116; Fig. 6) was discovered in Square 3. Large quantities of stone collapse were found on the floors. The walls of a new room (W3, W5, W6) in the late phase of Stratum I (Ia) were founded on Walls 12 and 13 (Sq 1) and maintained the building orientation from the previous phase. A tamped-earth floor (L111) in the room covered the remains of the early phase. A wall (W4) that continued east of the corner formed by Walls 3 and 5 was discovered. A tamped-earth floor (L110) was enclosed between Walls 3 and 4. It seems that this series of walls belonged to a building that consisted of several rooms, which were only partially revealed. Habitation levels of tamped earth (L112A, L113A) that sloped gently to the south and were covered with a large amount of stone collapse were discovered in Squares 2 and 3; no wall remains were discerned. The pottery vessels from this stratum included bowls (Fig. 3:5–9), jars (Fig. 3:11–14) and jugs (Fig. 3:15, 16).
Area R (Fig. 7)
This area was opened c. 40 m southeast of Area Q, between Areas A and G.
Stratum II. Two building phases were identified. The top of a wall (W15) exposed in Square 6 was ascribed to the early phase (IIb). This stratigraphic ascription is based on the elevation of its top, which is lower than the base of the adjacent wall (W8) that also belonged to Stratum II and is therefore attributed to the second phase (IIa). The especially wide (c. 1 m) Wall 8 was built of medium and large fieldstones. Wall 8 was perpendicular to W15 and thus, it seems that W15 probably continued to exist in this phase. Levels of tamped earth (L121, L122) were exposed east and west of W8. Similar levels were also identified in Squares 4 and 5 (Loci 103B and 108B) where they covered the bedrock and gently descended with it to the west. The ceramic finds in this stratum included a cooking pot (Fig. 3:2).
Stratum I. A single building phase was exposed in this layer. The remains in Square 5 included two wall stumps (W1, W2) that could be part of a room or a building, whose plan is unclear. Two habitation levels (L107, L108) of tamped earth mixed with numerous potsherds were identified alongside these walls. A similar level (L103A), exposed to their west in Square 4, was ascribed to this stratum. The ceramic artifacts from this stratum included a cooking pot (Fig. 3:10).
Although the exposed remains from the two strata were fragmentary due to the limited size of the excavation area, the findings contribute to understanding the extent of the settlement in Early Bronze Age IB and II.