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Scientists: Shallow Grave Yields Detail of Massacre



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Scientists say the remains of seven American Indians unearthed by a home builder show several were shot point-blank in the head.

The bones were discovered by contractors digging about 70 miles south of Salt Lake City last summer for a house that now stands over the site.

Scientists who studied the remains say the victims were all males about 13 to 35 years old. They say they were Goshute Indians who were shot by Mormon settlers seeking revenge during a period of pitched violence in 1853.

The shootings are believed to have happened during the Walker War, a nearly yearlong clash between Mormons and other Indian tribes.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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