Y. Aharoni, “Notes and News—Tel Beersheba,” Israel Exploration Journal, Vol. 24, p. 271. The building which is supposed to have replaced the temple was a large secular building which Aharoni calls the “basement house” because most of it was originally underground. According to Aharoni “Prior to the construction of the [basement house], the whole area was dug out and only then were the walls erected on bedrock.”