A single square (3.00 × 4.75 m; Fig. 1) was excavated in the courtyard of a private residence. Beneath a layer of soil that contained modern refuse and at a depth of 1.2 m below surface, a white plaster floor (thickness 3–4 cm) was uncovered. The floor was composed of two plaster layers and rested upon a bedding of small stones (thickness 0.2 m). The floor was severed along the southwestern balk of the excavation square, where a probe (1.2 × 3.3 m, depth 0.5 m) was excavated. The floor abutted a wall, constructed from medium-sized undressed stones (c. 0.10 × 0.15 × 0.25 m) bonded with mortar, in the northern corner of the square. The exposed southern face of the wall was coated with plaster, similar to that of the floor. At a distance of 0.8 m from the northern balk of the square was a step (height 0.1 m), overlaid with two plaster layers that climbed over it.

 

The accumulations on the floor consisted of plaster pieces, fragments of brick and glass and organic material, including charcoal and burnt olive pits. The ceramic finds, above and beneath the floor, included Kh. al-Mefjar-type vessels, among them bowls (Fig. 2:1–3), a krater (Fig. 2:4), jars (Fig. 2:6, 9), jugs (Fig. 2:7, 8), a cooking pot (Fig. 2:5), and a lid (Fig. 2:10).

 

Excavations conducted nearby in the past (see HA–ESI 106) revealed similar finds that indicate the area was occupied during the Abbasid period.