Five seasons of excavations were conducted at the site in 1969, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981 on behalf of the Staff Officer for Archaeology in Judea and Samaria, under the direction of E. Damati. The remains of a large and magnificent palace or villa, 42 by 37 m, as well as various architectural details, coins, and other finds, were uncovered. Found beneath the palace was a hewn-out network of rooms.
The palace is rectangular in plan and built of rows of rooms around a large peristyle court and an open triclinium, with a gate and atrium on the southwestern side of the structure and a bathhouse on the northern. Scattered remains found throughout the palace area, including a half-barrel vault and other small architectural fragments, suggest that it had a second floor. Its roof sloped sharply toward the interior of the court, helping drain rainwater into large cisterns via a ramified system of channels.
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