The excavation in this campaign was concentrated in Locus 09 (Atrium of the Church of Saint Paul). An area delimited to the east by the presser (Sector 06), to the south by the rooms set externally to the church of the Peacocks and to the north by the atrium and the service rooms of the Church of Saint Paul (Sectors 01, 02, 03 and 04). The excavation turned out to be more complex than expected. A deep and vast edifice came immediately to light, in some way related to the presser, probably used as a semi-underground warehouse.
The 13 by 8 meters edifice is divided into two separate but intercommunicating areas. It was reached through a flight of steps that started from the west corridor of the presser (sector 06) and led to the first lower floor. The staircase was divided into two flights of steps by a landing, on which there opened two small slit windows that gave light to the north room. The entrance to the south room was set at the level of the second step of the lower flight. Beyond the door, five irregular steps set on a wall led down to the underlying rooms. These are made up of a series of five long narrow areas lying in a north-south direction divided by four series each having two arches. A series of five small arches, in an east west direction, developed from the space between the arches. The ceiling, made of stone slabs, rested upon these arches. At the time of the excavations, the only ceiling slabs in place were those set at the end of the entrance stairs. The rest of the slabs were brought back to light within the collapsed debris together with a certain number of doorjambs, a positive witness to the existence of a higher floor, and a segment of a masonry wall found in the north west corner discovered during the 1999 campaign (cf. excavation report).
The floor of this room was made up of stone slabs set one against each other and which was also the ceiling to a further underlying area. As a result of the investigations that were possible to carry out in the area, this underlying area must have been very similar, structurally, to the upper level. The floor / ceiling slabs were discovered broken up and caved in, as a result of the fall, up to the floor level of the lower storey. We found only two slabs that even though broken were still in situ. It was only possible to partially bring to light two arches of the lower level. The space between the arches was completely jammed by the stones from the collapse and ash and earth from the abandonment. The floor of the lower level turned out to be the natural bedrock that had been flattened. This floor turned out to be at a level of 7.466 meters to the Umm al-Rasas GPS point. It was not possible to establish the access point to this lower lever due to the grave problems relating to the stability of the structures.
An aperture, set between the spans of the last two arches to the west, led from the south to the north room. The sectors in this area turn out to be very much different from the ones in the south room, both in structure and stratigraphy. The room turns out to be made up of a single level covered with stone slabs held upon three arches having an approximate span of 5m and having a beaten earth floor. All the three arches are fallen. Four slit windows opened on the west wall that also had a square niche. Below the windows there ran a raised wall filled with stones and yellow earth. Two further slit windows were set in the east wall overlooking the stair landing. Beneath the windows there was a recess in the wall delimited by a low wall. The two central sectors, partially excavated up to the beaten earth floor level are characterized by the presence of a segment of a pilaster and a north south wall which crest is at the same level as the floor. The portion of pilaster rests against the south wall of the area and is what remains of a pilaster that probably rose upon the resulting base set between two arches to support an upper structure of which no traces remain.