SWYOR-9C2E89: Post Medieval Cannon Ball

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Unique ID: SWYOR-9C2E89

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete cast iron probable shot or cannon ball dating from the post-medieval period, about AD 1500-1700. It is a sphere of iron, with a slightly pited and corroded surface, dark brown in colour. It is 39.5mm diameter (1,5 inches) and has a mass of 235g (eight and a quarter ounces). It may have been itended for use in a Serpentine cannon which had a nominal bore size of 1.5 inch diameter, firing shot weighing 0.75 lb, or a Rabinet cannon which fired shot weighing 8oz. Corrosion may have altered the size and weight of this example. Compare SOM-A0A8A2 which cites Blackmore (1990) Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars, Royal Armouries, p. 83.

Light cannon were developed in the late 15th century, but this is likely to date from the English Civil War if it is a cannon ball. It is also possible that the object is some form of ball bearing or a ball from a crushing mill.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 235 g
Diameter: 39.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 10th February 2018 - Saturday 17th February 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 3111

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Rotherham (Metropolitan District)
District: Rotherham (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Keppel (Metropolitan District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK3893
Four figure Latitude: 53.43242158
Four figure longitude: -1.42951811
1:25K map: SK3893
1:10K map: SK39SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Spotted on the side of the path
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Thoroughfare

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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