Photo Gallery: New World's Oldest Gunshot Victim Found?

Photo Gallery: Inca Cemetery May Hold New World's Oldest Gunshot Victim
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Along with hastily buried skeletons apparently killed by Spanish invaders, archaeologists uncovered a number of Inca mummy bundles at a newly discovered historic cemetery near Lima, Peru.

According to Guillermo Cock, leader of the archaeological expedition, the contrast between the carefully preserved mummies and the haphazard arrangement of the other skeletons highlights the chaos that ensued during the Spanish invasion of the Inca Empire.

The graveyard includes three bodies showing signs of gunshot wounds, including a skull that likely belongs to the first person from the New World to be killed with a firearm.

The new discovery will be detailed in The Great Inca Rebellion, a NOVA/National Geographic TV special premiering Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

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Photo by Elena Goycochea © 2007 National Geographic/Puruchuco-Huaquerones Archaeological Project
 
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