“The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died” (Exodus 32:28).
“We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died” (1Corinthians 10:8, NIV).
“And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made” (Exodus 32:35, NIV).
Those who are dead cannot be buried inside the Tent. It is natural to assume that they were buried in public tomb sites outside of the Tent.
Penny and Jim Caldwell discovered a tomb site in April of 1995, 9km away from Jabal Maqla base. The distance of a straight line between the two points would have been 6.4km. It is located 45m above the Wadi al-Abyad roadbed.