As early as the beginning of the historical period, Egypt was divided up into provinces. In the 3rd Dynasty, seven small pyramids not intended as tombs were built at various places throughout Egypt. They are situated in the Faiyum, at Abydos, Naqada, Edfu and Elephantine, among other places. It is assumed that they mark the location of the capital cities of the nomes of the earliest periods. In later times the land was divided into 22 Upper Egyptian nomes and 20 Lower Egyptian nomes. Each nome had a capital city and its own emblem. A procession of personified nomes, sometimes associated with Hapi, the god of the Nile inundation, may often be seen in the lower register of the walls of many temples. They are bearing the rich products of their nomes to the sanctuary.