The current excavation (c. 100 sq m) yielded several walls (W10, W12, W13, W16, W17) in an undisturbed archaeological layer preserved in the southwestern corner of the excavation area (Sq B2; Figs. 3, 4). Simply built of fieldstones of various sizes, these walls apparently belonged to one structure, possibly a residential unit, with a courtyard to its south. Floors related to the walls were not discovered, but a few nearly complete pottery vessels were found in the corner formed by W10 and W12 (Fig. 5). These include a small, plain deep bowl with a slightly carinated profile and a simple rim (Fig. 6:1), a large basin with a folded-out rim (Fig. 6:2) and a plain-ware jug with a tall vertical neck (Fig. 6:3). Based on known parallels, these vessels can be safely dated to the ‘Abbasid period, most probably to the mid-ninth century CE.
Further east of the exposed structure, the archaeological layers were disturbed by massive modern fills, likely post 1967, containing rubble and earth. Several mechanically dug trenches showed that these fills reach a depth of at least 3.0–3.5 m.
The poor state of preservation of the remains and the limited area of the excavation leave no possibility for a more detailed interpretation of the finds.
The results of this excavation have expanded our knowledge of settlement patterns on the slopes of Mt. Zion, adding the previously unattested ‘Abbasid period to the archaeological sequence in the area. They have also provided a better understanding of post-depositional processes in this area, which may serve future studies of the eastern slopes of Mt. Zion.