The excavation was conducted in a building in the Reissin courtyard, named after a Kolel that formerly resided there. The excavation uncovered architectural remains from the Abbasid and Ottoman periods (Fig. 2). An excavation conducted in 2014 found Abbasid remains in a private building c. 15 m south of this building (Kagan 2019).
The excavation was conducted in the northern part of the Reissin Kolel hall (Fig. 3), which has a cross-vaulted ceiling made of dressed stones supported by pilasters (W30, W33; Fig. 4) that were also built of dressed stones—a construction method typical of the late Ottoman period (nineteenth century CE) throughout the Old City. Pilaster 30 was built on a surface of small stones (L25; Fig. 5); it was dismantled in the excavation but yielded no diagnostic finds. The hall's floor was removed, and a soil fill (L22, L23) that lay beneath it yielded pottery dating from the nineteenth–early twentieth centuries CE.
The soil fill (L22, L23) sealed beneath it two beaten earthen floors (L14, L16, not on the plan; Fig. 6), which were placed on top of a fill of black soil. Floors 14 and 16 were not preserved throughout the entire hall and were not on a uniform level. The pottery from the floors is dated to the Abbasid period (ninth–tenth centuries CE) and dates the floors. The two floors probably originally abutted walls of the same period, damaged when the hall’s walls were built in the Ottoman period. A substantial wall (W24; length 5.6 m, width 1.5 m, height 1.6 m; Fig. 7) uncovered on the northeastern side of the hall had been partially robbed. A pilaster built of dressed stones was revealed on the wall’s southeastern side (Fig. 8). The wall was sealed with a fill (L40; not on the plan) that was dated by pottery to the Abbasid period. Other Abbasid pottery was discovered in the core of W24 (L44; not on the plan). Two additional, poorly constructed walls dating from the Abbasid period were revealed (W19—length 1 m, width 1.5 m, height 1.2 m; W35—length 3 m, width 0.3 m, height 0.6 m). When dismantled, W19 (L22) and a soil fill beneath the wall (L43) yielded Abbasid finds, including bowls (Fig. 9:1,2), basins (Fig. 9:5, 6) and jars (Fig. 9:7, 9). Wall 35 (Fig. 10) was abutted on its northern side by an earthen floor set on a bedding of stones (L37); pottery from beneath the bedding (L41) is also dated to the Abbasid period and includes bowls (Fig. 9:3, 4) and a jar (Fig. 9:8).
The excavation uncovered the remains of a hall dating from the late Ottoman period built over the remains of an Abbasid building consisting of walls and floors that do not form a coherent plan.