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They're also continuing the survey in hopes of solving the biggest mystery surrounding Silsila: Where was the town, or village, that this necropolis served?"We're pretty excited, to say the least," Ward said."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. But they haven't found a town or village where the people who used these structures would have lived.[See photos of the new tomb discoveries in Upper Egypt] Flooded graves Silsila was originally believed to be a sort of work camp, where the predominant activity was quarrying for sandstone.Tomb 2 is an actual tomb, with stairs leading down into a rough-cut chamber without paintwork or any interior design.
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The crypt in Tomb 15 even retains half its lid, Ward said.
The excavation also turned up "lots and lots of beads," Ward said.
Still, they contained many pieces of pottery such as beer jugs, offering plates, and bowls and storage jars — all funerary wares that were used in ancient Egyptian tombs, Ward said.
[Photos: Nile Cemetery Discovered in Sudan] People of status The other two tombs that have been cleaned out, Tombs 14 and 15, were also looted, but both contained crypts carved into the floor.