King Tut's Leftover Bandages Yield New Clue

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The scraps of ancient bandages -- some with dirty fingerprints of Tut's embalmers -- had been contained in long forgotten jars at a New York museum.

King Tutankhamun's mummy was wrapped in custom-made bandages similar to modern first aid gauzes, an exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has revealed.

For a century, the narrow linen bandages were contained in a rather overlooked cache of large ceramic jars at the museum's Department of Egyptian Art. The collection was recovered from the Valley of the Kings between 1907-08, more than a decade before Howard Carter discovered King Tut's treasure-packed tomb.

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