In 1999–2000 an area located east of the Byzantine town wall and the north tower at Oboda was excavated on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The excavation was directed by T. Erickson-Gini. It revealed a residential quarter with a series of dwellings covering an area of approximately 0.25 a.
Three definitive architectural phases were revealed in the residential quarter. To the first phase belong three rooms of an early structure (rooms 24