(15 × 20 m; Fig. 2). The western squares (D2–D5) were filled with modern refuse and since no building remains were found, their excavation was suspended. Walls (W105, W112, W113) built of a single row of large unworked basalt stones (length 0.7–0.9 m, width 0.6–0.8 m, height 0.2–0.3 m) and set on bedrock, were exposed in the eastern squares; they may have served as retaining walls. A few pottery vessels in the fill included a bowl (Fig. 4:1), a cooking pot (Fig. 4:2) and a jar (Fig. 4:3) from the Hellenistic period; a bowl (Fig. 4:4), cooking pots (Fig. 4:5, 6) and jars (Fig. 4:7–10) from the Roman period (second–fourth centuries CE), as well as seven coins. Two coins were close to bedrock (L302) and dated to the last third of the second century BCE–beginning of the first century CE (IAA 102904, 102905). A third coin on bedrock (L303) was embedded in flint and dated to the time of Demetrius II (145–125 BCE; IAA 102906). One of the two coins on surface was from Ashqelon, from the time of Trajan (117/8 CE; IAA 102911) and the other dated to the fourth century CE (IAA 102910). One other coin came from L102 near bedrock. It dated to the reign of Alexander Janneous and was struck in the mint in Jerusalem (104–80 BCE; IAA 102903). A seventh coin, minted in ‘Akko (c. 120 BCE; IAA 102907), was recovered from the fill in Square D5.
Area B, 11.5 m south of Area A, was divided into two sub-areas: B1 in the north and B2 in the south.
Two squares (5.0 × 8.5 m; Fig. 3) were opened in Area B1. Two terrace walls, W522 oriented north–south and W523 aligned east–west, which protruded above surface, were excavated. Both were built on bedrock of medium and large basalt fieldstones (0.4–0.6 0.5–0.8 m).
A wall (W509) of unworked basalt stones (0.4–0.7 × 0.6 m) and aligned north–south was excavated. It was built partly on bedrock and partly on a floor of tamped earth and small stones that continued east of the wall. An autonomous or Seleucid coin (145–98 BCE; IAA 102908) minted in Tyre and a few potsherds, including a cooking pot (Fig. 4:11), came from the fill near the wall. A jar (Fig. 4:12) was found on the floor east of the wall and below the floor were worn potsherds that dated to the Roman period (second–fourth centuries CE).
A terrace wall (W519), built of unworked basalt stones (length 0.6–0.8 m, width 0.4–0.5 m, height 0.3–0.4 m) and oriented north–south, was visible above surface in Area B2 (10 × 10 m). The top of another terrace wall (W518), aligned north–south, was exposed in the south of the area. It was built of unworked basalt stones (0.3–0.4 m) and founded on bedrock. A segment of a channel’s (W513) cover that consisted of basalt slabs (0.2 × 0.8–0.9 m) was discerned east of the wall.
The tops of walls (W506, W514–W517), preserved a single course high (0.2–0.3 m), were exposed in the west of the area. The walls were built of a single row of basalt stones, except for W514, which consisted of two rows of stones with a core of smaller stones. Walls 515–517 and the northern face of W514 were positioned on soil, whereas W506 and the southern face of W514 were set on bedrock.
A few worn potsherds that could not be identified were found.