A stone quarry (L105; 5 × 11 m; Fig. 5) was hewn in soft limestone. Imprints of building stones, severance channels, and building stones that were not yet detached were visible. A circular basin (L108; 0.80 × 0.96 m, depth 0.4 m) was exposed inside the quarry, but it is not clear if it was hewn or natural.
Cave Dwelling (L100; length 5 m, width 4 m, height 2.25 m; Fig. 6). The round cave is natural. Its opening (width 4.5 m) was sealed in recent times by stone walls and concrete blocks. Its floor was covered with modern refuse.
A paved surface (L102; length 2.35–2.75 m, width 1.9 m; Fig. 7) on the roof of the cave was bounded by three field walls (W3: length 2.65 m, width 0.8 m, height 0.8 m; W4: length 3.1 m, width 0.8 m, height 0.85 m; W5: length 3.8 m, width 0.75 m, height 0.45–0.85 m). Walls 4 and 5 were founded directly on the bedrock, and W3 was built on the stone quarry. The walls were constructed of small and medium fieldstones. The bonding material was mostly yellow limestone fill. The pavement was laid on the bedrock, and consisted of pieces of plaster in secondary use, which were placed on mortar similar to that of the walls. The pieces of plaster (0.13–0.32 × 0.17–0.27 m, thickness c. 4.5 cm) were composed of a thin layer of cement, over mortar made of gravel bonded with cement. These pieces were identical to the surface-lining around the opening of the cistern (L109; below).
A cistern (L109; depth c. 2 m; Fig. 8) was exposed slightly west of the cave opening. The hewn cistern descended to the southeast and was round, with a square plastered opening (length 0.45 m, width 0.4 m). The plaster around the opening consists of a thin layer of cement over mortar made of gravel and cement. Three installations were exposed next to the cistern: two troughs (L110, L111) and a storage compartment for a jar (L106).
A trough (L111; length 0.55 m, width 0.4 m, depth 0.28 m; Fig. 9) sloping south–north, with a triangular outline, was built of medium fieldstones and yellow lime mortar. An iron pipe (diam. 0.11 m) in its eastern wall conveyed water from the cistern to the trough. The trough was coated with light gray plaster mixed with gravel, applied over a pale red layer of earth, gravel, granulated lime and tiny stones.
A trough (L110; length 0.33 m, width 0.29 m, depth 0.32 m) sloping to the east, with a square outline, was delimited by narrow flat fieldstones. An iron pipe (diam. 0.1 m) in its western side conveyed water from the cistern to the trough. The outer eastern face of the trough was coated with yellow plaster containing lime and gravel, identical to the plaster on Trough 111.
A storage compartment for a jar (B1000, L106; width 0.33 m, height 0.55 m; Figs. 10–13) was adjacent to Trough 110 on the north, and the two share a wall. The northern wall of the compartment was built of medium-size fieldstones, while its southern and eastern walls and its floor were constructed of narrow flat stones. The outer eastern face was also coated with yellow plaster which contained lime and gravel. Inside the compartment was a ceramic jar (height 0.5 m, inner diam. 0.26 m) coated with a thin layer of cement. The jar had a pointed base, and was secured in the compartment with two bonding materials: on its western side a mortar of gravel and cement identical to the mortar around the cistern’s opening; on the other sides, with crushed yellow lime identical to that in the foundation of Pavement 102. The jar dates to the first half of the twentieth century CE.
A floor (L107; length 0.6 m, width 0.5–0.7 m) was exposed at the foot of the storage compartment (L106) to the east, and was bounded on the east by a medium-size fieldstone. The floor was plastered (thickness 4 mm) with plaster identical to that on the outer eastern face of Trough 110 and the storage compartment, and was part of them. The jar was the only pottery that was discovered in the excavation area.
The ancient stone quarry that was exposed in the excavation was part of the quarry that had been revealed in the Holyland compound to the north. The exposure of this additional section indicates the outline and the size of the quarry. In the absence of ceramic finds it was not possible to established its foundation date, but the outline indicates that it predates the Ottoman period. The use of cement/concrete in the construction of the floors, the cistern, the troughs, the storage compartment, and on the jar, indicates that they were installed in the modern era. These installations probably went out of use and were covered after the Arab village of Malha was abandoned in 1948.