Area A is located in the southern part of the excavation and two squares were opened (A1, A2). A massive stone pavement (L101), which consisted of medium and large fieldstones and ashlars and was founded on a bedding of small fieldstones and potsherds, was exposed in Square A1.
The floor abutted an installation (L107; Fig. 2) from the southwest, which was partly exposed and continued into the southern balk of the square. Installation 107 was built of medium-sized fieldstones and coated on the outside with gray plaster mixed with potsherds. A plaster floor (L103), composed of small fieldstones and potsherds, was exposed in Square A2. The floor was laid on a fill that comprised small fieldstones and potsherds.
The ceramic finds recovered from Area A included a cooking krater (Fig. 3:1), bowls (Fig. 3:2, 3), jars (Fig. 3:4, 5) and a handle of a lid (Fig. 3:6), dating to the ninth century CE.
Area B was in the northern part of the excavation; two adjacent squares were opened and a partially preserved pottery’s kiln (L203; diam. 3.8 m; Figs. 1, 4) was exposed. The kiln had a curved outer wall (W202), built of medium-sized ashlars and small fieldstones; it was preserved three courses high. A wall (W213) built of mud bricks that had been fired by the high temperature in the combustion chamber, was exposed inside the kiln. This wall was apparently meant to support the cell in which the vessels were placed. Clay and hamra that had been fired at extremely high temperatures were discovered between W213 and W202. The stoking chamber (L214; width 2.3 m; Fig. 5), delimited by two walls (W210, W211), was exposed next to the eastern side of the kiln structure. The walls, aligned east–west, were built of medium-sized ashlars and small fieldstones (0.2–0.5 m); their western end adjoined the kiln. Collapse of medium-sized ashlars was exposed inside the stoking chamber. These stones were probably part of the vault that originally covered the chamber. The ceramic finds inside the kiln dated to the sixth century CE and include jars (Fig. 6:1–4).
Area C was located c. 10 m east of Area B; a half square (L300) was opened and numerous jar fragments were discovered in sandy soil. These were probably industrial debris from a pottery workshop. The potsherds dated to the Byzantine period.
A pottery kiln dating to the sixth century CE was exposed in the excavation, as well as remains of floors and part of an installation from the ninth century CE.
The discovery of a pottery workshop supplements our data from previous excavations and is consistent with the discovery of the large public winepress nearby. It is reasonable to assume that the winepress required large quantities of jars for storing and transporting the product and the pottery workshop fulfilled this need. The pottery workshop confirms the supposition that the site was an ancient industrial region, focusing on wine production.