Area L was excavated during three seasons from 1997-1999. The area is located on the northeast slope of the tell and consists of a megalithic perimeter wall (running 20 m long) and large interior walls that make up several rooms. In square L1 the wall (forming a corner) was excavated to the bottom, exposing over 3m and 6 courses of its outside face.
Square L3 (located inside the city wall) contained plaster, possibly from a roof collapse. Also an inscribed sherd was discovered in this square.
Squares 11-15 are not included in the above top plan. They consist of rooms with more plaster, as well as definitive late Iron IIC/Persian pottery all destroyed by fire.