Two squares (B, C; Fig. 2), situated c. 50 m apart, were excavated, yielding remains of meager, poorly preserved field walls, the date of which is unknown.
In Sq B, remains of two parallel walls (W230, W231; Fig. 3) were uncovered. They were built of medium and large fieldstones, without mortar, over a thin layer of brown soil that covered the soft chalk bedrock. A cluster of large stones (L233; Fig. 4), possibly an intentional fill or a collapse, was found between the walls. If it was indeed a deliberate fill, then these were two retaining walls that were part of an agricultural terrace, or alternatively, remains of a farm road that led up the hill. The ceramic finds recovered from this square are mixed, dating from the Iron, Hellenistic–Hasmonean, Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic periods (not drawn).
In Sq C, the remains of a field wall visible along approximately 19 m (W300; Fig. 5) were noted in the preliminary inspection of the area. The northwestern section of the wall was examined. The wall was built of large fieldstones and boulders, some of which were roughly hewn and arranged in dry construction; they survived to a height of one course. A stone collapse (L307; Fig. 5) just east of W300 indicates that the wall consisted of more courses, but these had collapsed in the past. The wall extended beyond the excavation boundaries. The lower, western part of the wall was discovered during development work carried out subsequent to the excavation. This segment was built on brown soil fill (max. height 0.5 m) that covered the soft chalk bedrock and survived to a height of two to three courses.
A poorly preserved of wall (W301) excavated in the northeastern part of the square presumably adjoined W300 in the past; this wall may have marked the border of a cultivation plot. A wall (W306) that was identified in a section created as a result of the development work was documented to the northeast, beyond the limits of the excavation area; it may have been the continuation of W301. Mixed pottery sherds dating from the Hellenistic or Hasmonean, Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic period (not drawn) were discovered at the foot of this wall. Remains of a field wall (W302; Fig. 2) clearly visible in the section dug during the development work were also documented, c. 50 m to the southeast.
The walls exposed in the excavation served as field walls in an area that was used primarily for agriculture rather than for dwellings. The proximity of the area to H
orbat Gannim associates the construction of the field walls with agricultural activities of the inhabitants of the nearby settlement, now the ruin. Because the finds from the excavation were mixed, it was impossible to date the construction of the walls or determine the duration of their use. Based on the similarity of W300 to field walls exposed nearby (Kogan-Zehavi 2010
; Fig. 1: A-5677) and dated to the late Hellenistic period, it is plausible that it was contemporaneous with them.