New world duel may be the answer to colonial murder mystery

Excavations in 1996 at Jamestown, VA (USA) revealed that one of its earliest settlers died of a gunshot wound. Researchers now believe they have solved his murder. They believe the man was named George Harrison and that he was killed in a duel.

Researchers have found a record of George Harrison fighting a duel in 1624 with Richard Stephens, a merchant. George Harrison was shot in the knee and died of his injuries. This record is consistent with the injuries and bullet fragments found in the skeleton.

Richard Stephens went on to become a court commissioner and major critic of the colonial governor.