Two adjacent half squares were excavated (Fig. 1):
Square 1. A soil level mixed with construction debris, composed of plaster, lime and small fieldstones (L103 in the west, L104 in the east), was excavated below accumulations overlying the remains. Such layers of debris were revealed in numerous excavations in Ramla and they probably resulted from cleaning the plaster and cement remains that adhered to the stones after the latter were robbed from walls and prepared for secondary use. Near the excavation’s southern balk, remains of a stone floor (L106; Fig. 2) that consisted of small fieldstones bonded with cement, which extended beyond the excavation area, were exposed. The floor was missing in the north but it seems that it abutted a wall (W3), of which only one foundation course built of small fieldstones was preserved. The bedding below the missing part of the floor (L108) was composed of white plaster on which the paving stones were placed. A drainage channel (L107) ran widthwise across the floor from the east. Several stones that served as its sides were preserved and potsherds arranged with their convex side facing up were noted. They were probably set in place that way so as to serve as a foundation for the plastered bottom of the channel. Potsherds dating to the Abbasid period (ninth–tenth centuries CE) were found while excavating the accumulations and fill above and below the building remains.
Square 2. A foundation course of two walls (W1, W2) built of small fieldstones was exposed beneath the accumulations that covered the remains. The walls apparently enclosed a room that extended beyond the limits of the excavated area.
Potsherds dating to the Abbasid period (ninth–tenth centuries CE) were found in the excavation of the fill between the walls and the boundaries of the excavation (L102), in the fill upon which the walls were constructed and in the fill mixed with construction debris (L105; Fig. 3) that was excavated east of W1.
Pottery. No sealed loci were found in the excavation; the pottery collected from the fills and accumulations ranges in date from the ninth century CE to the modern era; most vessels dated to the ninth–tenth centuries CE and included bowls (Fig. 4:1), glazed bowls (Fig. 4:3, 4) and an unglazed bowl (Fig. 4:5), a krater (Fig. 4:6), a jar (Fig. 4:7) and jugs (Fig. 4:8–11), as well as a glazed Sgrafitto-type bowl (Fig. 4:2) from the eleventh century CE.
Fourteen fragments of glass vessels were found, representing types known from other excavations in Ramla and dating to the Early Islamic period. Some are from the eighth century CE and some are later and characteristic of the ninth and tenth centuries CE. The vessels from the eighth century include a small bowl rim that is folded out and made of pale greenish blue glass and a tiny rim fragment of a cup/delicate bowl that is slightly inverted and rounded. The latter is made of pale bluish green glass decorated on the end with a brown, fused-in glass trail (L102). In addition to these, a fragment of a horseshoe-shaped object known from many assemblages in Ramla and two other fragments of the type made of greenish blue glass were found; the pinched end of the object was preserved on one of them (Fig. 5:1). A tiny fragment of a small juglet rim with the beginning of a handle made of greenish blue glass and a loop handle belonging to a bowl lamp made of similar glass can both be ascribed to this phase.
The late phase, dating to the ninth or tenth centuries CE, is represented by several fragments. Two very poorly preserved vessels were found together (L102): a very thick bowl rim made of green glass and covered with a thick layer of hard encrustation, typical of vessels from this period, and a fragment of a base of a vessel, probably colorless, covered with a layer of black silvery pitting, which was evidently decorated with a horizontal stripe carved between the base and the side. In addition, a small fragment of a base that can be ascribed to a cup, which was made of relatively fine quality colorless glass, was found. Two other vessels were found together: a fragment of a base of a large bowl made of greenish blue glass, characterized by the thickening of the connection between the base and the side, which is a phenomenon known from vessels dating to the ninth century CE, and a fragment of a lamp made of pale greenish blue glass, characterized by a pinched stem that tapers toward the bottom with a small tonged segment at its end (Fig. 5:2). These vessels are well-known from other Ramla assemblages and represent the transition phase, when the glass material still reflects an earlier tradition, as well as some of the forms, but slight typological changes that indicate their ninth century CE dating are extent.
Scant remains of one or more buildings that date to the Abbasid period (ninth–tenth centuries CE) were exposed in the excavation.