A single excavation square (6.0 × 8.5 m; Figs. 2, 3) was opened. Three walls oriented along an east–west axis were exposed. The walls, constructed on top of the other (Fig. 4), were built of kurkar stones. The earliest wall (W3, L113) was founded on a soil accumulation. The middle wall (W2) was built of fieldstones and hewn stones; its western part was rests on W3, whereas its eastern part was founded on a soil accumulation. At the northeast edge of the excavation area, a drainage channel running in a north–south direction (L107; Figs. 5, 6) was incorporated into W2; it was built and covered with ashlars and lined with light gray cement. Only one course of roughly hewn stones and ashlars in secondary use was preserved of the upper wall (W1; Fig. 3). Wall 3 was founded along W2, albeit with a slightly different alignment. The wall’s southern face abutted a floor of flagstones and crushed kurkar (L106; thickness 8–15 cm) founded on W2 and on a soil accumulations (L108, L114). In the center of the floor and parallel to the wall lay two ashlars (W4, W5; dimensions of the larger stone: 0.35 × 0.50 m), apparently bases for roof pillars that did not survive. The pillars and the extended floor area suggest the building was large. An intensely burnt layer (L103, L104; thickness 0.2–0.5 m) containing a large amount of ash and charcoal sealed the floor up to the top of W1. A robber trench (L109; see Fig. 5), extending in an east–west direction along the southern face of the walls, severed the burnt layer and the floor down to the bottom of W3. Another robber trench, running in a north–south direction along the western face of Drainage Channel 107. This robber trench, which was not excavated, also cut through the burnt layer and the floor.
Most of the pottery recovered in the excavation dates to the Hellenistic and Crusader periods; pottery from the Persian, Roman and Byzantine periods was found as well. Hellenistic sherds appeared in all of the loci, and included locally produced (Fig. 7:1, 2) and imported (Fig. 7:3–7) bowls, kraters (Fig. 7:8–10), a closed cooking vessel (Fig. 7:11), two Phoenician jars (Fig. 7:12, 13), two bag-shaped jars (Fig. 7:14, 15), a jug (Fig. 7:16), a juglet (Fig. 7:17) and two Rhodian amphora handles: one, found on the surface, was stamped with a round seal and dates to the first quarter of the second century BCE (Fig. 7:18); the other, from accumulations north of the walls (L102), was stamped with a lily-shaped seal and dates to the second century CE (Fig. 7:19). A unique find is a cylindrical object with a hole cut in its center (Fig. 7:20); it was apparently shped out of an amphora handle and used as a weight. The pottery ascribed to the Roman and Byzantine periods included an open cooking vessel, characteristic of the fourth–fifth centuries CE (Fig. 8:1); two Cypriot bowls, characteristic of the fifth–sixth centuries CE (Fig. 8:2, 3); and a nozzle of a knife-pared lamp, characteristic of the late first century BCE–early first century CE (Fig. 8:4). The artifacts recovered from the soil accumulation (L108) beneath the floor included a glazed cooking pot dating to the twelfth century CE (Fig. 9:1). The finds attributed to the thirteenth century CE included several glazed bowls (Fig. 9:6–9), cooking vessels (Fig. 9:10–12) and jars (Fig. 9:13). The meager finds discovered in the robber trench (L109) included pottery sherds from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Crusader (thirteenth century CE) periods. Dozens of locally produced ‘Akko-type bowls (Fig. 9:2–9), characteristic of the thirteenth century CE, and dozens of various-sized nails (Fig. 10) and metal fixtures (Fig. 11), probably belonging to a wooden door that did not survive, were found in the burnt layer (L103, L104).
The large amount of pottery sherds from the Hellenistic period indicate the presence of remains that were not exposed. Three building phases were exposed above the remains from this period: a single wall that cannot be dated precisely, the function of which is unclear; a wall and a drainage channel; and a wall and floor of a large building. The building was constructed in the Crusader period and was completely destroyed in an intense conflagration, possibly during the destruction of Crusader ‘Akko during the Mamluk conquest of the city in 1291 CE.