GAT-DDF9D5: Cannon Ball

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Unique ID: GAT-DDF9D5

Object type certainty: Possibly
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Small possible cannon ball found whilst metal detecting near to Amlwch. It is in good condition, and has a dark brown surface patina. It may be the type of cannon ball fired by a falconet cannon (Bailey 2000, 94-5). These are 1.5lbs in weight and fired from cannon with a 2 inch (5.08 cm) bore (ibid.). It was not possible to accurately date the object, but if it is a cannon ball it is likely to date from the 18th century although some sources have suggested that these cannon were in use from the 16th century. An alternative interpretation for the object is as a ball used to crush ore. This is also possible due to the proximity of the find spot to Mynydd Parys copper mine.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Returned to Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Diameter: 50 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Nina Steele
Identified by: Nina Steele

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PRN 24020

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Anglesey (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Anglesey (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Amlwch (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SH4492
Four figure Latitude: 53.401703
Four figure longitude: -4.347949
1:25K map: SH4492
1:10K map: SH49SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Returned to Finder

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: GAT
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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