BERK-58E447: Post Medieval Cannon Ball

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CANNON BALL

Unique ID: BERK-58E447

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast iron Post Medieval cannon ball with prominent middle seam. The ball has a diameter of 3.2 inches (81.3mm), a circumference of 10 inches (255mm) and weighs 4.5-4 lbs (1.5-1.82 Kg). The ball would have been used as ammunition for a 'Minion' or more probably a 'Saker' cannon, both of which were in common usage during the English Civil War. The Saker for example had a calibre of 3.25 inches with a barrel approximately 9.5 ft (2.9m) long. It had a range approaching 7400 ft (2.3 km) but was used to bounce shot along the ground to cause as much damage as possible. Circa 1650 AD.

Notes:

Found near a known civil war site.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

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 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.7 g
Diameter: 81.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st May 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Garry CRACE
Identified by: Ms Charlotte Burrill
Secondary identifier: Mr Garry CRACE

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Glympton (Civil Parish)

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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