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There is a square room in the northern section of the main structure. To its south are rooms and pens, with three rooms in the center, and a wide trapezoidal courtyard to their south. A rectangular structure lies on the eastern bank of the wadi. To its east is a blocked cistern. Some 100 m south of farmstead, near Nahal Yattir is a completely preserved Bedouin structure, with a supportive column in its center. Earlier walls were uncovered beneath its walls, apparently belonging to a farmstead. Large quantities of Byzantine pottery were collected.

56*) Nahal Hur. This is a square farmstead on a spur. The entrance is apparently located near the western corner. In the east and north of the structure are the remains of rooms adjoining a central courtyard. In the western section are limestone column drums, and a perforated square limestone basin. A piece of a limestone lintel carved in relief, containing a narrow rectangle, and a circle with a cross in its center lies outside, near the southern wall. Pottery: Byzantine. Pottery not found. 104.

49. Magness, JCC,193–96. 50. Sauer and Magness, “Ceramics of the Islamic Period,” 477–78; also see Avissar, “The Medieval Pottery,” 155–61; Types 2–12. 51. See for example Avissar, “The Medieval Pottery,” 168; Type 25 no. 4 and Type 26 no. 2. 52. Sauer and Magness, “Ceramics of the Islamic Period,” 477–78; also see Avissar, “The Medieval Pottery,” 155–61; Types 2–12. 53. Magness, JCC, 193–96. 54. It is interesting to compare the relatively sketchy plan of the fortress at Tuwaiyil el Mahdhi published by Govrin, Map of Nahal Yattir, 62, with Gichon, “The Sites of the Limes in the Negev,” 154, ill.

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