Deir Abu 'Ali - Monastery (?)

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Source of knowledge
Archaeological remains
Surveyed site
Conder and Kitchener
Weis, Zissu and Solimany
Ganor and Ganor
Deir Abu Ali was surveyed several times. Based on the structures, burial cave and other finds, the surveyors were in agreement that the site had been a monastery in the Byzantine period. One might add to the above the name "Deir" which implies that this was a monastery. The most recent survey of the IAA, however, pointed out that no remains of a church were found or remains pointing to the existence of one, such as fragments of chancel screen or tesserae etc. This does not necessarily rule out the possibility of the site having been a monastery since excavations have not been conducted.
State of certainty: 
Uncertain / Questionable
Architectural evolution
General outline: 
The site has a central structure surrounded by a fence. The structure consists of a courtyard and two halls. Agricultural installations, cisterns and a burial complex were documented in a survey.
Dating material: 

Based on the pottery and the architecture of the burial cave the complex was dated to the Byzantine period.

Phase date
Early Christian / Byzantine
Phase date
7th c?
Post conquest history comments: 
In the Ottoman period the caves in the region were used as sheep pens.