Two and one half squares were excavated in the eastern part of the compound, on the eastern border of Area H (Permit No. A-3908). Remains dating to the modern era, as well as the Ottoman (Stratum II), Crusader (Stratum IV) and Early Islamic (Stratum V) periods were exposed.
The entire surface was covered with a thick layer (thickness 0.6 m) that contained modern building debris and iron scrap.
Stratum II. Remains of an Ottoman well, which local sources claim was used until the latter part of the twentieth century CE, was found. The well is apparently a ‘heavy saqiye” type, characteristic of the Yafo region (S. Avitsur, Everyday Life in the Land of Israel in the Nineteenth Century, 1972, p. 220 [Hebrew]). The well was located within a room built of dressed stones with pointed vaults. At some point in time, the vaults facing west were blocked by a built wall. The well was beyond the area slated for development and therefore, not excavated; however, its western façade was documented. A damaged channel, which was connected to the well (L6704; length 4.21 m, inside width 0.6 m, outside width 1.25 m; Figs. 1, 2) was exposed. Several potsherds that dated to the Ottoman period were found inside and around the channel.
Stratum IV. A poorly preserved wall (W6710; length 0.55 m, width 0.7 m; Fig. 3) was discerned in a thin layer. A floor (L6713) of small stones affixed with bonding material abutted the wall. In the absence of potsherds, the stratum was identified as Crusader, based on the architectural parallels and styles of walls from previous excavations.
Stratum V. Several massive walls were exposed at a much lower elevation than the previous stratum. A very fragmented kurkar wall stump, oriented east–west (W6709; length and width 0.4 m), was exposed in the northwestern square. The wall’s western end was missing and its eastern end was hidden in the eastern balk of the square.
The half-square adjacent to the channel consisted of another fragmented wall that was aligned east–west (W6715; length 0.82 m, width 0.53 m; Fig. 4). Several wall sections that belonged to a corner of a building were exposed in the southeastern square. In the eastern balk of the square was another, mostly plundered, wall (W6714; width 0.7 m; Fig. 5). All that remained of it was a single course, built of large coarsely dressed stones and aligned east–west. Another wall, oriented north–south (W6716; width 0.7 m), seemed to form a corner with W6714. Wall 6716 survived by a single course, built of a row of large stones that were arranged widthwise. The walls of the building were apparently robbed in antiquity. A robber trench discerned in the balks of the square was filled with sea sand that stood out against the background of the brown soil, which is characteristic of the region. The channel (bottom width 0.7 m, width near surface 1.2 m) enabled to reconstruct the route of the wall and the corner of the building.