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In Spain, a 16th century cannon was found and excavated from the bottom.

From the waters of the Atlantic, near the Spanish town of Ferrol, a combined team of Spanish navy divers and underwater archaeologists have unearthed an antique cannon dating back to the 16th century. Currently, the exact origins of the item, nor how it found its way to the bottom, are unknown. Lying on the seabed,
Published: November 15, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:33
In Spain, a 16th century cannon was found and excavated from the bottom.

From the waters of the Atlantic, near the Spanish town of Ferrol, a combined team of Spanish navy divers and underwater archaeologists have unearthed an antique cannon dating back to the 16th century. Currently, the exact origins of the item, nor how it found its way to the bottom, are unknown.

Lying on the seabed, a 16th-century bronze cannon is the latest and somewhat unusual find by a team of underwater archaeologists led by Miguel San Claudio. For the moment, the new discovery raises more questions than it answers.

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Ferrol antique cannon from the bottom of the ocean It is likely that the excavated cannon dates back to before 1579. Researchers say that it is possible that somewhere in the immediate vicinity are the remains of the wreck of the unit from which it came, but this is not the only possibility being considered.

A second hypothesis put forward by Spanish archaeologists suggests that, as no trace of the wreck has been found in the immediate area, this cannon may have been thrown overboard as unnecessary ballast, from a vessel that was trying to avoid sinking.

Excavated cannon in front of the museum in Ferrol The excavated artefact has been taken to the Naval Museum in Ferrol, where it will be cleaned and subjected to conservation processes. Once it has been restored to its former glory and properly protected, it will become part of the exhibition available to visitors to the museum.

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