Section of reed rope. From the Tura limestone quarries on the outskirts of Cairo. It was once thought that the rope was used for "hauling blocks of stone for building the pyramids, 5000 years ago". There's a note with the item that the rope is said to be 200 times stronger than modern fibre rope of the same diameter. The rope may well be medieval or modern. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Worn, areas of loss, has rope tied round it, surface dirt.