Two areas, c. 8 m apart, were opened on the slope that descends southward. The western area was rectangular (3.5×4.0 m) and a round rock-cutting (L102; diam. 1.8 m, depth 1.1 m; Figs. 2, 3), whose essence was not ascertained, was exposed; it might have been part of an installation that was destroyed. Potsherds from the Early Roman, Late Roman and Byzantine periods were discovered in the fill that covered the rock-cutting, as well astwo coins: one minted in ‘Akko and probably dating to the reign of Antiochus IV (175–173/2 BCE; IAA 141039) and the other of Agrippa I (41/2 CE; IAA 141040), was minted in Jerusalem. The coins, not discovered in a stratigraphic context, were probably swept to the site from the north. Another rock-cutting, c. 80 m west of Rock-cutting 102, was identified but not excavated.
A circular pit (L101; diam. 5.3–6.0 m, max. depth 2.7 m) was exposed in the eastern area. Its sides were built of different size fieldstones in dry construction. The pit was founded on the bedrock, which served as its floor. Local residents stated that the installation was a cesspit used by the Augusta Victoria compound, which was probably constructed in the modern era. Modern finds, including fragments of concrete pipes that apparently conveyed sewage to the pit from the north, were discovered in it.
A hewn cavity in the bedrock, which was not excavated, and its nature could not be determined, was discovered east of the pit.
A circular rock-cutting that was probably part of an installation, relating to the agricultural activity carried out along the slopes of the Augusta Victoria compound, was discovered in the excavation. The agricultural activity in the region is also reflected by the installations discovered in the survey (HA-ESI 120). Furthermore, burial caves were quarried on the slope and they were part of the city’s necropolis in the Early Roman period, at the time of the Second Temple.