Area A (Fig. 1). Sixteen hollows were excavated and apart from four, all were devoid of any finds. Hollow 1 (1.50 × 2.35 m, depth 1.2 m), elliptical and oriented east–west, extended down into the layer of hamra below the kurkar. Remains of clay, characteristic of furnaces, were found on the western side of Hollow 2 (1.3 × 1.8 m, depth 0.4 m). Hollow 5 (length 1.45 m, depth 1 m) and Hollow 6 (length 2.7 m, depth 2.5 m), damaged by the earthmoving work, were partially excavated; it became clear that their size was originally larger.
Areas B, C (Fig. 2). Fourteen hewn hollows in Area B and thirteen in Area C were excavated. Most were devoid of any finds, save two hollows: the circular Hollow 3 (diam. 1.45 m, depth 1.45 m), and Hollow 4 (1.6 × 2.2 m, depth 0.6 m), which was elliptical.
Area D. Three hollows, devoid of finds, were excavated.
The pottery vessels recovered from the hollows included handmade body fragments that contained a large quantity of straw temper. A few potsherds from the Byzantine period (seventh century CE) were found in a few hollows (3–6), although it seems that these were swept into the hollows and were not connected to their use. The nature of the finds in the hollows makes it difficult to date them, but it seems that they were from the Early Bronze Age.
The poor state of preservation of the excavated hollows did not enable a reconstruction of their function; however, the lining remains in one of the hollows and the evidence of burning suggests that they were used as furnaces for smelting copper, like the hollows from the same period that had previously been excavated at the Ashqelon Afridar site (ESI 16:122–123) and c. 500 m south of the current excavation area (License No. B-150/1997).