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Archeologists in Peru Find What May Be West's First Gunshot Victim

Archeologists in Peru have discovered the remains of what they believe is the first person in the Western hemisphere to be killed by a gunshot.

Archeologist Guillermo Cock says his team found a 500-year-old skull with two round holes in it, in an Incan cemetery outside Lima in 2004.

Using an electronic microscope at a U.S. lab at the University of New Haven's Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, scientists found traces of metal from a musket ball on the skull.

Cock says the skull was found in a shallow grave with about 72 other bodies, some of which showed signs of terrible violence by crude weapons.

Cock says the victims likely were killed in a battle with Spanish conquistadors and their local allies.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .