Two areas were opened (A, B; Fig. 1). A modern refuse pit in the corner of Squares A1 and A6 was removed with the aid of a backhoe (Fig. 2). The walls in the excavation were built on heavy, muddy alluvial clayey soil, whose volume had a tendency to change. Therefore, the walls began to shift, and during the course of the excavation, they were tilted to their sides and their tops were not level. Sections of some walls were built in the box method, characterized by laying ashlars and filling the spaces between them with fieldstones. The method is known mainly from Phoenician sites.
Remains of a building that was delimited by Wall 138 in the north and Wall 152 in the south were exposed. A main longitudinal wall was revealed in two sections (W111, W136). The western border of the building was not located in the current excavation. Three rooms in the northern part of the building and other walls (Figs. 2–4) were uncovered. Based on the excavation finds, the exposed walls are the building’s foundations, below the level of the floors, which did not survive.
A soil accumulation mixed with medium-sized stones, dressed stones and a plethora of potsherds was excavated in each of the three rooms. The large quantity of stones was most likely intentional fill. The ceramic artifacts from the rooms dated to the Hellenistic period and included lamp fragments, metallic artifacts (a lead weight) and coins. A few finds from the Persian period were discovered at the bottom of the rooms’ foundations.
A multitude of artifacts dating to the Hellenistic period was found east of Wall 136, in what was probably a courtyard (L141). Plaster remains were found on the eastern side of W136. The wall itself was severed and did not connect to Wall 111; however, based on the large stone at the northern end of W111, this was probably the entrance to the building. The northern part W111 was adjoined by two other walls, W119 from the west and W155 from the east; both had survived by a single course of ashlars.
East of W111 was another wall (W108), oriented north–south and tilting steeply to the west for its entire length; numerous fragments of pottery vessels and coins that dated to the Hellenistic period were found in the wall’s foundation trench.
Wall 152, oriented east–west, was the southern closing wall of the Hellenistic building; it probably formed a corner with W108, although no connection between the walls was evident.
Next to the northern side of W152 was a curved wall of an installation (W153). A single course of the wall survived and traces of plaster were visible on its northern side. A large accumulation of pottery from the Hellenistic period was found between it and another wall (W154) to its west. The potsherds in the upper part of the accumulation were resting on an even level—perhaps a floor.
Remains of fragmented walls were found south of W152 in Sq A10, and it seems that the disturbance was caused by mechanical equipment. Numerous potsherds, most of which dated to the Persian period, were found between the stones.
An accumulation (thickness c. 0.8 m) was excavated in Sq A2; it contained large amounts of pottery vessels, which included stamped Rhodian handles, yet no architectural remains were revealed.
Squares B1 and B2 were devoid of finds, as they apparently lie outside the antiquities site.
The remains in the excavation should probably be dated to the Persian and Hellenistic periods. This was an industrial and commercial region during the Hellenistic period, based on the imported vessels in the pottery assemblage, which may have been related to the site’s proximity to the sea. The large quantity of finds from the Persian period was discovered outside the building dating to the Hellenistic period.