DIMENSIONS: ca. 6.5 x 11 m
INTERPRETATION: larger part of the entrance porch (narthex) of
the church and a part of the courtyard in front of the church
DESCRIPTION: the excavations exposed more than two-third of
the length of the narthex. The
mosaic floor in the narthex, which features hunting scences, is
dated stylistically to the early 6th century A.D. The mosaic was substantially
damaged by later iconoclastic activities but the overall design is still
readable. There are three water channels which pass under the mosaic
floor from the western part of the church into the cistern, one with
capstones over the trough and a large settling tank. Several secondary
structures (walls, enclosures) found on the pavement of the courtyard,
belong to the latest phases of occupation of the monastic complex.
FINDS: Nabataean ceramics (1st century A.D.), ceramics dated
to the 4th-6th and possibly 7th centuries A.D., coins.