Area A is located close to the western face of the castle of el-Bālū῾. The excavation revealed a complex bulding which may be interpreted as a Iron Age four-room-house (see inset).
First sondages began in the area of possible yard with seperate walls, from where there was a doorway which led into room 1. Here two tabuns and a plaster-lined pit was unearthed.
In room 2 a grinding stone installation was discovered which consisted of a large upright standing stone which had a slanting surface and at its foot an oval circle of set stones. Several grinding stones were in the circle of stones, which has served as a catchment basin for the flour.
In room 3 a bank (mastaba) at the south wall suggests that this room may have served as storage room. Outside two large tabuns were unearthed. Its walls were supported and strengthened by sherd fragments.
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