Walls and layers of pottery fragments were detected from the northern end of the section to its center, opposite the center of the site. Walls were not noted in the southern part of the section, which is lower than the northern part. Several layers in the section did not extend through its entire length. Two walls (W4, W5) were traced in the center of the section, creating the corner of a building from the Ottoman period that was damaged by mechanical equipment. The remains of another building from the Ottoman period were visible in the area of the nursery nearby; a piece of marble in secondary use was incorporated in the building’s northern wall. Three other walls (W1– W3) were examined to the north of the building’s corner. Below W3 was a layer of potsherds from the Byzantine period, among them a bowl (Fig. 2:1). Byzantine-period potsherds were uncovered below W1, including a jar (Fig. 2:3). Between W3 and W4 was a sloping fill of soil that yielded numerous pottery fragments from the Byzantine period, e.g., a lamp (Fig. 2:7).

 

Cleaning the section revealed fragments of pottery vessels dating to the Persian, Hellenistic, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Mamluk periods, including a mortarium (Fig. 2:2) and a bag-shaped jar (Fig. 2:5) from the Persian period, a jar from the Persian or Hellenistic period (Fig. 2:4), a lamp from the Byzantine period (Fig. 2:8), a jug’s handle from the Early Islamic period (Fig. 2:6) and fragments of glazed pottery vessels from the Mamluk period.