Egypt lies on the northern section of Africa facing the Mediterranean Sea with it's eastern border running along the Red Sea. Running south to north through Egypt is the Nile River which provides much of the water needs for the country. It is the Nile that forms the backbone of Egypt and where the majority of towns and villages have found a home. Fertilizing the surrounding farms, the Nile became a symbol of life and death and connected the causeway between the two. Egyptian civilizations have existed for centuries and home to some of the oldest man made wonders such as the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. These tombs are structures that are considered some of the oldest in the world; some tombs dating back to 3150 BC.