During June 1995 a hewn burial cave was excavated in Giv‘at Gonen, Jerusalem (A-2314; map ref. NIG 21851/62907; OIG 16851/12907), after being exposed while enlarging the government school located there. The excavation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, was directed by G. Solimany, assisted by J. Seligman, H. Abu Ta‘ah, S. Krapiwko (surveying and drafting), R. Greenberg (pottery drawings) and M. Miles (drawing of glass vessels)
The burial cave (overall dimensions 3.5
× 4.5 m; Fig. 1) consisted of a single burial chamber (2.1 × 2.2 m) that had an entrance in its southern side, damaged during earthworks. Shelves of uneven widths surrounded a standing pit (L105) and a single burial bench (L109), hewn in the floor of the chamber. Three arcosolia with burial benches were cut in the walls of the chamber. Ceramic lamps and fragments of glass vessels, dating to the Byzantine period (5th–6th centuries CE), as well as beads, were retrieved from the cave.