During October 2000 a burial cave was documented east of Nahal Ha-Egoz (Wadi el-Joz) Street (map ref. NIG 22250/63188; OIG 17250/13188). The cave served as a shelter during the Six Day War and was re-exposed when development and infrastructure work was conducted by the Gihon Company. The documentation, on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, was carried out by R. Abu Raya and Z. Adawi, assisted by R. Graff (drafting).
The cave (Fig. 1) was hewn in the hard limestone bedrock. Although it was damaged in the past, its plan can be reconstructed based on the well-preserved ceiling. An anteroom (or courtyard) in front of the cave that was not preserved led to a trapezoid-shaped burial chamber (length of northern wall 2.85 m, eastern wall 3.10 m, southern wall 3.05 m); a square standing pit can be reconstructed in its center. Six loculi were hewn in the chamber, two in each wall, except for the western wall, in whose center the entrance to the cave is presumed to have been. Five of the loculi had similar dimensions as those of the only loculus preserved in its entirety in the northern wall (0.75 × 2.45 m, height 0.95 m). The western loculus in the southern wall was the widest (1.15 m).
Based on the location and the plan of the cave, it seems to have been part of the cemetery on Mount Scopus that was in use during the Early Roman period.