The excavation area was located southwest of ‘Arad, on the northern bank of Nahal Malhata. The excavation (50 sq m; Fig. 2) revealed three field walls (W50, W51, W53) and a cistern (L52), with no datable finds.
In a  development survey conducted in the western neighborhood of ‘Arad (Eisenberg-Degen 2015), c. 1.2 km north of the excavation, a limestone- and flint-knapping site from the Paleolithic period was found, as well as rock shelters, an encampment, structures and sherds from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. In a development survey conducted at the Har Qina site, c. 1.3 km south of the excavation, a flint industry site from the Lower and Middle Paleolithic periods was discovered (License No. S-680/2016; J. Vardi, pers. comm.). About 1 km east of the current excavation is the Nahal Ye‘elim site, where a development survey revealed flint from the Paleolithic and the Chalcolithic periods, as well as sherds from the Byzantine period, along with structures, animal pens, various installations, agricultural terraces and rock incisions (License No. S-844/2018; J. Vardi, pers. comm.).
Field walls. The three walls were built in a general north–south direction at the bottom of the northern slope of Nahal Malhata, from fieldstones of various sizes, set on fine-grained soil mixed with small fieldstones. Walls 50 and 51 (Figs. 3, 4) consisted of an eastern face built of large rocks and a western face built of small rocks. The southern parts of both of these walls were built into the streambed. Only a few in situ building stones (L109, L110; Fig. 5) remain from W53.
Cistern (Figs. 6, 7). Farther downstream, at the bottom of the northern bank of Nahal Malhata was a rock-cut, bell-shaped cistern (L52; depth 4.8 m, height of shaft 3.2 m, diam. of shaft 0.65 m). To the northwest and southwest of the opening of the shaft were two feeder openings that served to drain surface runoff, with plastered channels leading into them (L107—length 1.15 m, width 0.35 m, depth 0.3 m; L111—length 1.35 m, width 0.42 m. depth 0.27 m). The channel walls were built of two stone slabs set on their narrow long side. At the end of the feeder channels, near the shaft, were built settling pits, which were covered with a stone slabs. The opening of the was delineated by a frame (1.9 × 2.0 m) built of roughly worked stones bonded with mortar. A square, plastered animal trough (0.7 × 0.7 m, depth 0.35 m) was built at the northeastern corner of the stone frame.
The location of the field walls, at the bottom of the northern bank of the streambed, indicates that they served as dams that diverted flood water into the stream and thus increase the flow volume into the cistern farther downstream. No datable finds were discovered anywhere in the excavation area.