An irrigation system, oriented north–south and composed of terracotta pipes (L204; diam. 0.1 m, length 36 m; Figs. 3–5) was exposed in Squares A2 and B1. The system is lined on the outside with gray mortar that includes small stones and potsherds. The continuation of the pipes, which were connected to a filtration pit (L108; diam. 0.3 m, depth 0.3 m; Fig. 6), was revealed between the two squares. The pit is a pottery vessel, lined on the outside with gray mortar and small stones.
A habitation level that included small fieldstones was exposed in Square A5 (L101; Figs. 7, 8). Beneath the northern part of the level was a complete cooking pot (Fig. 9), dating to the Early Islamic period.
Remains of a poorly preserved installation (L300; see Fig. 7) were exposed in probe sections dug in Square C. The installation, which was only partially excavated, included a section of a plaster floor and a drainage channel that was probably connected to a pit built of medium-sized fieldstones.
A grave dug in the ground (L102; Fig. 10) was discovered in Square A7; it contained the remains of a single individual in a fair state of preservation. The deceased was anatomically articulated, indicating a primary burial, and was in a supine position with the hands resting on the pelvis and the legs crossed. The torso faced west, the head did not survive, and the feet were in the east. The precise age of the deceased could not be determined because no characteristic features were detected; however, in light of the fact that the ends of the bones (epiphyses) were fused, it can be estimated that the individual was an adult, older than 15 years of age. Based on the vertical diameter of the humerus head (46 mm), the deceased was a male (Bass W.M. 1987. Human Osteology. A Laboratory and Field Manual, 3rd ed. Columbia).
Animal bones, including the head of a horse or a donkey and fragments of pottery vessels, were discovered in Square B6, overlaying sterile hamra (Fig. 11).
The recovered potsherds dated to the Early Islamic period (ninth century CE) and included bowls (Fig. 12:1–4), some of which were glazed (Fig. 12:3, 4), kraters (Fig. 12:5–7), a jar (Fig. 12:8), jugs (Fig. 12:9–12), lamps (Fig. 12:13, 14) and a spout (Fig. 12:15). Similar ceramic assemblages had been discovered in previous excavations at the site.
Sections of the aqueduct from the Early Islamic period, which extended from Gezer to Ramla (HA-ESI 118, HA-ESI 120
), were exposed to the north, east and south of the excavation area. Presumably, the excavated irrigation system that dates to the same period is connected in the north to a distribution installation and not directly to the Gezer aqueduct.
The remains exposed in the excavation corroborate the identification of the region as the marginal farmland near the extensive industrial area that had been exposed in previous excavations.