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Associated Press - June 20, 2007 2:43 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - It turns out death from gun violence is really nothing new.

Archaeologists have found what may have been the first gunshot victim in the Western Hemisphere: an Inca man who was shot by a musket in the early 1500s.

Archaeologist Guillermo Cock was working near Lima, Peru, when he found a skull with an "almost round hole" in it. He says at first, he thought people had been shooting in the area recently. But then he realized the skull was ancient, and that a recent bullet strike would simply have shattered it.

The skull was found among a large group of bones of ancient Incas, who had died violently in the early 1500s battling Spanish Conquistadors.

Forensic experts in the US have found fragments of metal in the skull from a musket ball, ruling out such possibilities as a slingshot or spear.

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