The excavation was conducted in a level area (c. 72 sq m; Fig. 2) that was divided into two fields: Area A (western) and Area B (eastern).
Area A yielded a habitation level (L102) from the Chalcolithic period. A pit (L103; Fig. 3) ascribed to this level was found filled with ash, sherds, stone objects and flint tools.
Area B yielded a habitation level (L203) from the Chalcolithic period, rich with pottery sherds, stone objects and flint tools (Oron, below). The ceramic finds belong to the Ghassulian culture. They include a small bowl (Fig. 4:1), bowls (Fig. 4:2, 3), a krater (Fig. 4:4), thumb-impressed kraters (Fig. 4:5, 6), a jar (Fig. 4:7), a ring base of a large vessel (Fig. 4:8), cornet bases (Fig. 4:9, 10) and holemouths (Fig. 4:11, 12). The stone fragments belong to a basalt bowl (Fig. 5:1), a gray sandstone bowl (Fig. 5:2), a gray sandstone grinding stone (Fig. 5:3), a shallow limestone bowl (Fig. 5:4), a flint hammerstone (Fig. 5:5) and a nether grinding stone made of beachrock (Fig. 5:6).
Also unearthed were two tombs (L201, L202; Fig. 6), probably from the Byzantine period, that contained several human bones (Nagar, below). The tombs cut into the Chalcolithic stratum and were lined with soft limestone blocks; they were severely damaged as a result of modern cultivation. Fragments of stone slabs were mixed among the collapsed stones. These were apparently covering stones, suggesting that the tombs were cist graves. The ceramic finds from the Byzantine period included a rouletted bowl from the fourth–fifth centuries CE (Fig. 7:1), a Late Roman C bowl from the sixth–seventh centuries CE (Fig. 7:2) and an African Red Slip bowl from the fifth–sixth centuries CE (Fig. 7:3), as well as cooking pots (Fig. 7:4, 5), a bag-shaped jar (Fig. 7:6) and a Gaza jar (Fig. 7:7).
Twenty-four flint items were collected, seven in Area A and seventeen in Area B. Most of the items are knapping debitage, including primary flakes (N=3), flakes (N=6) and blades (N=6). Four items were classified as tools, two of which are ad-hoc
tools together with a polished adze (Fig. 8:1) and sickle blades (Fig. 8:2, 3). Sickle blades and a adzes are tools characteristic of the Chalcolithic period, and similar finds have been found in a previous excavation at the site (Israel, Aladjem and Milevski 2014).
In addition to the flint items, three limestone flakes were found. These are probably evidence of a stone industry, also known from the previous excavation at the site.
Several human bones were found in the cist graves. The absence of artifacts from inside the graves and the nearby Chalcolithic-period remains make it impossible to date the bones. The bones were examined upon their removal from the ground and were sent for reinterment.
Tomb 201. A few postcranial fragments were found. Neither the age nor the sex of the individual could be determined; yet, the proportions of the fragments suggest that this was not an infant or a small child.
Tomb 202. Fragments of long bone diaphyses were found, including a proximal fragment of a tibia with a fused proximal epiphysis that is characteristic of an individual older than sixteen years of age; the individual’s sex could not be determined.
The site is probably located on the outskirts of the settlements that existed at the site during the Chalcolithic and Byzantine periods. Some of these settlements were partially revealed in previous excavations.