The site of Abde is located on the northern edge of a spur approximately 2km south-east of Samta. Directly east of the site is a modern military base. The northern and western peripheral areas of the site have been impacted upon by modern agriculture in the form of olive cultivation. Most of the rock-cut houses on the site have been extensively modified by modern construction in the form of concrete rendering and several parts of the surface show signs of clearing and modern concrete construction.
The survey of this site was conducted by the BAP team between 30th November and 3rd December 2008.An initial survey of the site was conducted by walking transects in a south-north direction with 5 metre intervals. The site consisted of a central area of visible wall lines, rock-cut structures (houses, altar and production area) and Roman/Byzantine surface pottery. To the south of this area are several rock-cut structures (graves and a tomb) and to the north are rock-cut houses.