In Kh. el-Maqatir, several Iron Age (late 13th and 12th century BC) houses were found, built against the remains of the Bronze Age city wall. These broad-room houses consist of simple rectangular rooms with the opening in the broad side of the house. Some of them have courtyards. Silos are built in between rooms and screened off by a low stone fence. These types of houses eventually developed into the typical four-room house that were developed in the 11th century BC.