The discovery of this necropolis, the burial ground of men, women and children, proves that Gebel el-Silsila in Upper Egypt was not just a quarry site for the kingdom's temples and tombs; it was also a bustling population center, according to the archaeological team that discovered the structures.
"This is actually a major hub of commerce, worship and possibly political (activity)" said John Ward, assistant director of the Gebel el Silsila Survey Project.
A big mystery surrounds the new tombs, however. Where is the lost city of Silsila? So far, archaeologists have discovered tombs, the quarry, a temple and slab monuments called Stelae.
But they haven't found a town or village where the people who used these structures would have lived.
More photos of the discovery Here.