The excavation was conducted near the ‘Aqir antiquities site, to the south of an excavation conducted there in 2013 (Marmelstein 2016, and see background and references therein; Fig. 1: A-6758). Five excavation squares (1–5; Fig. 2) opened in an area containing dark sand and hamra soil revealed building remains and a round installation dating from the Early Islamic period.
Building Remains. Squares 4 and 5 contained the remains of a rectangular building on a north–south alignment (Figs. 3, 4). The walls of the building were built of small and medium-sized undressed limestones, preserved to the height of a single course; they were placed on a foundation course (height 0.5 m) built of small fieldstones. The building comprised three spaces of different sizes (1–3). Two square stone sockets with depressions to hold a door hinge (Fig. 5) were found in the southern wall (W137) of the middle space. The building yielded fragments of Early Islamic pottery, including bowls (Fig. 6:1, 2), a casserole (Fig. 6:3) and jars (Fig. 6:4–7).
Square 1 contained a short segment of a wall (W107) built of undressed medium-sized limestones and preserved to the height of a single course. The wall was founded on a thick layer of pottery debris dating from the Early Islamic period.
Round Installation. Square 2 contained an installation (L128; Fig. 7) consisting of a circle of small, undressed stones. A soil fill inside the installation (L131; excavated depth 0.3 m) was mixed with Early Islamic potsherds (not drawn).