A burial cave was documented in April 2001 in the Jebel Mukkabbir neighborhood (map ref. NIG 22332/62956; OIG 17332/12956) after its exposure. The documentation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, was performed by R. Abu Raya and Z. Adawi, assisted by R. Graff (drafting).
The cave (Fig.1), plundered in the modern era, was covered over and rediscovered. Its entrance (0.75 × 0.80 m), which was found breached, was hewn in the center of the northern wall of a square burial chamber (2.55 × 2.65 m) that consisted of a hewn rectangular standing pit (0.8 × 2.2 m, presumed depth c.0.7 m) and two bone repositories, one rectangular (0.55 × 0.90 m, presumed depth 0.5 m) in the southwestern corner of the chamber and the other circular (diam. 0.6 m, presumed depth 0.5 m) in the southeastern corner. Six loculi were hewn in the chamber; three survived in their entirety in the northern wall (c. 0.50 × 2.15 m, average height 0.65 m) and three in the eastern wall were damaged by mechanical equipment. The middle loculus in the eastern wall had a similar width to the loculi in the northern wall; a rectangular blocking stone (0.40 × 0.55 m, thickness 0.1 m) was preserved, in situ, in its opening. The loculi flanking it were wider. In the middle of the southern wall was a rectangular rock cutting that was not completed (0.25 × 1.30 m, height 0.3 m).
The location of the cave and its plan indicate it should be ascribed to the burial ground in Jerusalem, dating to the end of the Second Temple period.