Area A (Figs. 2–4). A pit (L300) and two rock-hewn installations (L302, L303) were exposed by a backhoe on the northern slope of a spur that extends westward. They were damaged in 1996, in the course of development work prior to the construction of Highway 4, and subsequently the area became a refuse site. A square shaft (width 1.4 m, depth 1.15 m) led to Pit 300 (5.15 × 7.50 m, depth [not final] 3.3 m; Fig. 4). The pit was hewn into the bedrock and its northern wall was destroyed by previous work at the site. A layer of potsherds was revealed at the bottom of the pit, and dated to the Early Roman period; apparently it went out of use by then. The pit was not excavated manually because of safety concerns.
Installations 302 and 303 were hewn above each other in the rock (at a distance of 1.12 m). Their eastern and northern parts were severed in the past. The higher installation (302) included a square recess (L302b; 1.07 × 1.15 m, depth 0.57–0.78 m; Fig. 5) and a channel that led to it (L302a; length 2.12 m, width 0.38 m, depth 0.15 m); the channel curved above the southern and western walls of the installation, on a slope descending to the north. Installation 302 was coated with a layer of grayish-white plaster (thickness 0.15–2.0 cm), which had soft texture and contained a small quantity of translucent inclusions. Soil mixed with a small quantity of pottery sherds dating to the Hasmonean period (not drawn) was discovered inside the installation. The lower installation (303) was a pool (0.50 × 1.65 m, preserved height of the walls 1.79 m), of which only the southwestern corner survived. The pool was plastered with plaster similar to that of Installation 302, but slightly more thickly applied (2.5 cm). The relative location of the installations and the identical plaster of both, indicates that they constituted a single complex.
A fieldstone wall (W30; width 0.6 m, height 1.64 m) that demarcated a cultivated plot, was built in the twentieth century, c. 1.5 m above the pit.
Area B (Fig. 6). An irregularly shaped rock-hewn cave (L200; 3.70–5.22 × 5.60 m, height 1.54 m; Fig. 7), facing northeast, was exposed in a streambed. At the foot of the entrance by the eastern wall, the rock inclines. The upper parts of the walls were vaulted, and the floor was coarsely hewn (L207; 2.90 × 4.00 m; Fig. 8). In the southern part of the cave was a square, rock-cut installation (L208; 0.55 × 0.55 m, depth 0.6 m). In the northern end of the cave was a wall (W20; length 1.24 m, width 0.26 m, height 0.3 m) built of two rows of small and medium fieldstones. At the front of the cave, the rock was hewn to create a low surface (L202a) that served as entrance hall. In the twentieth century the bottom of the cave was covered with soil and its western part was paved with large pieces of asphalt. The cave was blocked with refuse and went out of use; the refuse was removed with a backhoe. Meager ceramic finds (not drawn), dating from the Mamluk period to the twentieth century, were discovered in the cave. The use of the cave and the installation inside it is unclear.
Area C (Figs. 9, 10). An elliptical rock-cut installation (L104; 2.12 × 3.38 m, depth 1.41 m) that sloped northeast was exposed on a northeast-sloping spur. The installation had been hewn inside a shallow natural cave, whose remains are still visible on the northern slope of the spur. The installation has four components: a rounded basin (A; 1.00 × 1.22 m), an oval surface (B; 1.6 × 2.5 m), a small shelf (C; 0.22 × 0.40 m) and a sloping rock-step (D; length 2.6 m, width 0.22–0.30 m, depth 0.30–0.41 m). It seems that the shelf and step were ancillary installations used in conjunction with the basin and the surface. A scant amount of non-diagnostic pottery was discovered in the installation. This was apparently an agricultural installation.
A cave and rock-hewn installations, of an unknown date, were discovered in the excavation. The ceramic finds date from the Hasmonean–Ottoman periods.