Seventy-eight cist tombs (outer length 0.6–2.2 m, width 0.44–0.80 m; Figs. 2, 3) arranged along a southeast–northwest axis were exposed. The tombs, which were not excavated, were on different levels, but apparently were not superimposed. Most of them were well preserved and included most or all of their covering slabs. Nearly all of the tombs were built of roughly hewn chalkstone, and some were constructed of limestone and flint fieldstones. Infants, children and adults were buried in the cemetery.
Several of the tombs are noteworthy. A mother and child were probably interred in Tombs 58 and 84 at the southeastern end of the cemetery (Fig. 4). Upright slabs that might have been gravestones were set in the northern part of T79 (Fig. 5); however, no inscriptions or decorations were found on the tombs.
The artifacts included a meager amount of cooking pot sherds, jar fragments and fragments of glass vessels, all dating to the Byzantine period.
The site is part of the cemetery of the Byzantine city of Be’er Sheva‘. Dwelling remains and storerooms from this period were exposed in excavations conducted southwest of Lot 33 (Varga and Nikolsky 2013; Permit No. A-6350), in the central bus station. It is likely the cemetery was used by its inhabitants. Tombs were revealed northwest of the central bus station during an antiquities inspection of infrastructure work on Balfour Street (Abadi-Reiss and Eisenberg-Dagan 2013). These tombs were not excavated.