Area A (Fig. 3). Evidence of quarried, different-sized square stones (0.65–0.80 × 0.35–0.40 m) and remains of severance channels around them (width 3–10 cm, depth 2–8 cm) were exposed in a large quarry (L100; c. 140 sq m; Fig. 4). In the middle of the quarry was a square hewn surface, delimited by quarried bedrock walls (L108; 1.55 × 1.60 m, depth 0.1–0.5 m; Fig. 5) whose function is unknown. Eight pits of different sizes (Loci 101, 103A, 103B, 104A, 104B, 106, 107A, 107B; Figs. 6–8), whose function is unclear, were hewn in the surface of the quarry. A large partly hewn pit (Loci 105, 112; 6.0 × 6.8 m, depth 2.5 m; Fig 9) was discovered west of the quarry. It contained a probably intentional fill that consisted of various-sized roughly hewn masonry stones, fieldstones, a few animal bones and ceramic finds; a few dated to Iron II, including a bowl (Fig. 10:1) and the majority was from the Early Roman period (first century BCE–first century CE), including cooking pots (Fig. 10:2, 3), jars (Fig. 10:4–6) and a jug (Fig. 10:7). The excavation of the pit was cut short by a fraction of extremely orthodox Jews. While using mechanical equipment for the exposure of the site prior to the excavation, a jar handle, bearing a lmlk stamped impression and dating to the end of the eighth century BCE (Figs. 10:8; 11), was discovered c. 7 m east of the quarry. A four-winged scarab is impressed below the word lmlk.
Area B (Fig. 12). Three round pits hewn in limestone bedrock were discovered (L109—0.23 × 0.31, depth 0.47 m; L110—0.47 × 0.59 m, over 0.85 m deep; L111A—0.38 × 0.42 m, depth 0.16 m). The pits seem to have been connected to a building that was dated to the Second Temple period and had been previously exposed nearby (HA-ESI 119).