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Wednesday, June 20

A shot that was heard through history

New York Times Earliest Gunshot Victim in New World Is Reported

Digging in an Inca cemetery in the suburbs of Lima, they came on well-preserved remains of an individual with holes less than an inch in diameter in the back and front of the skull. Forensic scientists in Connecticut said the position of the round holes and some minuscule iron particles showed that the person most likely was shot and killed by a Spanish musket ball.

Also see Washington Post Inca Skull Rewrites History of Conquest and the photo feature. NOVA/National Geographic will be airing a feature on June 26.

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