The building has two rooms with vaulted ceilings (A—c. 2 × 10 m, height to modern floor 2.4 m; B—2.8 × 2.8, height to modern floor 2.2 m; Fig. 2). The rooms were part of a large building complex constructed using traditional building techniques and featuring arches and vaults, as do several other rooms in the immediate vicinity. A probe was dug in the northern part of Room A.
The western wall of Room A is straight and regularly constructed out of five stone courses that rise from the modern floor to the vault’s spring line (Fig. 3). In contrast, the eastern wall of the room is neither straight nor regular; it was built of variously sized stones and bears signs of repairs or additions. The wall is partially coated with modern plaster, which was applied in recent renovations, and it has a niche at its southern end (1 × 1 m, 1.3 m high). The building’s original entrance was in the center of the southern wall, with steps leading from the street into the room. Prior to the excavation, this opening was reduced and converted into a window. A new entrance into the room was then installed in its northern wall by widening a window and converting it into a doorway.
A square was excavated at the northern end of Room A (c. 2 × 2 m; Fig. 4). About 0.35 m beneath the modern floor (F1; Fig. 2: Section 1–1), remains of a plaster floor (F2) were uncovered together with a plastered wall, possibly belonging to a channel. Vestiges of the plaster floor were unearthed in patches, abutting the room’s east and west walls; this floor may have been damaged by the renovation work carried out prior to the excavation. Plaster Floor F2 was laid over an earth layer (L301; 0.3 m thick) on top of a layer of fieldstones (L302; c. 0.25 m thick) that was probably the floor’s bedding.
Remains of a wall underlying the rooms’ eastern wall, were unearthed c. 1.65 m beneath floor F1 (Fig. 5). This lower wall was exposed for a height of 0.6 m, protruding c. 0.3 m from the line of the overlying wall, and it was coated with brown chalky plaster. The wall may have belonged to a plastered channel whose parallel wall was previously destroyed, or it may have been part of a plastered installation.
Approximately 2.25 m below the modern floor level, a channel (L304; preserved height c. 0.8 m, 0.5 m wide) was unearthed. U-shaped in section, it was delineated by two stone walls and covered with stone slabs (0.3–0.5 × 0.8 m, 0.1 m thick). The channel was not excavated.
The finds from the soil fill (L303) were meager, consisting mostly of Ottoman-period pottery, one fragment of a Byzantine-period tile and a glazed turquoise potsherd from the Fatimid period.
The latest ceramic finds sealed under Floor F2 date the room to the Ottoman period. As the room’s walls were founded directly over Channel 304, the channel was, at the latest, contemporary with the room. The date of the brown-plastered wall on which the room’s eastern wall was founded is unclear. While the two pottery sherds from the Byzantine and Fatimid periods found in Fill 303 provide possible dates for this wall, they may well have been washed in and thus unrelated to the architectural remains.