Forty-two rock-cut tombs and a shrine decorated with a winged sun disk have been found along the banks of the Nile River in Egypt.
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.