Several lines of fieldstones (Walls 400–404) that probably formed enclosures at the foot of the ridge lying northward were exposed. Six circular or semi-circular structures were found scattered on both sides of the largest enclosed area (L200–L203, L205, L207; Figs. 2–4). These structures varied in size (average diam. 2 m) and were constructed from one row of large and medium-sized undressed fieldstones. Several small installations dispersed throughout the area included possibly two mazzevot (L204) and other unidentified small concentrations of stones (L208–L212). No ceramic or other diagnostic finds were recovered from the excavation.


The architectural remains in the area seem to be an extension of the area further west that contained larger, better constructed buildings and the open mosque, dating to the Early Islamic period. The built elements throughout the area may have served as temporary sleeping quarters for workers employed in the Early Islamic smelting site located less than half a kilometer away on the opposite side of the ridge. The

‘workers’ camp’ was connected with the smelting site via a well-trodden footpath.