A church was excavated on the site in 1974 by the Department of Antiquities (excavator to be confirmed). Very little information has been published, but we will attempt to locate reports in the Department archives. The area of the church excavations has been identified.
The site of Maqati' is located on a hill top overlooking the Wadi Sittat, 1km south of the modern town of Sittat. The site has been moderately impacted upon by modern construction and rubble and several examples of the use of concrete and the reuse of site materials exist. However, other than areas of the site to the south-east and north-west, little modern agricultural practice has impacted on the site.
The site was surveyed by the BAP team during the 15th – 17th, 19th – 20th, 22nd and 25th of November.An initial survey of the site was conducted by the BAP Team by walking transects with 5 metre intervals. The survey revealed a core area of the site that contained numerous wall lines of worked angular limestone, preserved in places to four courses. The core area also contains several rock-cut structures including tombs, houses and cisterns. To the north-east of this area, only one wall is preserved that is not associated with modern agriculture. However, surface pottery in this area is concentrated until the rock cut quarries that appear to mark the extent of the site to the east. South of the core area are several more preserved wall lines and areas of rock-cut structures including cisterns, graves, tombs and areas that were used for processing agricultural products.