CORN-6AD6C3: Post-medieval iron cannon ball

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CANNON BALL

Unique ID: CORN-6AD6C3

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast iron round shot or cannon ball, partly corroded so that there is little sign of a mid-rib or casting mark. The cannon ball weighs 480g which is about 1lb, and is almost 50 mm in diameter, or 2 inches, which was common in the 18th century. A cannon is any large tubular firearm designed to fire a heavy projectile over a considerable distance. Although a variety of such guns are commonly referred to as ‘cannon’, the term specifically refers to a gun designed to fire a 42lb shot as opposed to a Demi-cannon (32lb), Culverin (18lb) or Demi-culverin (9lb). This cannon ball weighs only 1lb and may have been fired from a naval swivel gun with a 2-3 inch bore. As this shot was found near the sea, this last option is the most likely. Read (1988) illustrates a 2 lb cannon ball on page 205, No.1436, which is dated to the 18th century.

Subsequent actions

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

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 47.6 mm
Weight: 480 g
Diameter: 49 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st July 2006 - Friday 7th July 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Perranuthnoe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW5528
Four figure Latitude: 50.101446
Four figure longitude: -5.427404
1:25K map: SW5528
1:10K map: SW58NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: returned to finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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