Two excavation areas (a total of c. 60 sq m; Fig. 1) were opened east of the theater and near the eastern line of the Byzantine-period city wall (HA-ESI 112). Four strata were discerned, including remains of a hall that was part of a large building from the end of the Byzantine period, a massive wall and remains of rooms paved with decorated mosaics, dating to the beginning of the Byzantine period.
Stratum I. This stratum consisted of a fieldstone wall segment (W200), preserved a single course high and built on top of a floor from Stratum II (L104) and bases of marble columns, probably not in situ.
Stratum II. The dimensions and function of a large, north–south oriented building could not be ascertained, owing to the limited extent of the excavation. Only the eastern wall (W201), built of ashlars and founded on a plaster layer, was discovered. The marble-slab pavement (1.8 m long, width 0.8 m) in the building was laid lengthwise and encompassed a mosaic with a geometric pattern of triangles (L104, L107; Fig. 2), containing half ivy leaves and rhombuses with whole ivy leaves. The tesserae (average size 1 cm) were white, red, yellow and blue. A frame with a medallion decoration surrounded the main carpet. Fragments of jars and amphorae (Fig. 3:2–4, 9), dating to the later part of the Byzantine period, were recovered from the pavement bedding.
Stratum III. A wall (W202), built of ashlar stones and preserved two courses high, was discovered. It was located below the building remains of Stratum II and severed a floor (L114) that belonged to Stratum IV. Abutting the wall was a tamped kurkar floor (L111, L112), overlaid with fragments of bowls, jars and amphorae (Fig. 3:1, 5–8) that dated from the beginning of the Byzantine period.
Stratum IV included sections of rooms of a residential building that were partially penetrated and damaged by W202. A wall (W205), preserved a single course high, delineated the remains of a mosaic pavement from the beginning of the Byzantine period (L113; Fig. 4). The mosaic was decorated with semicircles and the surrounding frame consisted of a running-wave pattern. The tesserae (average size of 0.5 cm) were white, black, blue, red and yellow. Two sections of ashlar-built walls (W203, W204) were preserved two courses high and formed the corners of two rooms. A mosaic floor (L114) that abutted W204 had no discernable pattern due to its poor state of preservation.