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Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete cast iron cannon ball of the Post Medieval period ( AD1680-1880).

The weight of 217.8gm and diameter of 40.48mm indicate the ball was for use in a Falconet, a mobile weapon mainly used by Naval Forces. Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.

The outer surface is quite corroded with related discoloration due to oxidisation. There is no sign of any casting seam.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1680
Date to: Circa AD 1880

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 217.8 g
Diameter: 40.48 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 5th September 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Des Murphy
Identified by: Mr Des Murphy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Lanchester (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ1547
Four figure Latitude: 54.8176308
Four figure longitude: -1.76809884
1:25K map: NZ1547
1:10K map: NZ14NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detectoring
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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