Expert: Cannon dug up in Wilmington is about 300 years old

City of Wilmington, NC Government

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A state archaeologist estimates that a cannon unearthed in downtown Wilmington is about 300 years old.

Assistant state archaeologist Chris Southerly tells multiple media outlets that based on the gun’s style, size and design, it dates to 1700 to 1750 and came from an English ship. He said Wednesday that the cannon is in pretty good shape.

Construction crews on Tuesday pulled the cannon from 6 feet to 8 feet underground directly in front the federal courthouse.

Southerly says the cannon would have been mounted on a sailing ship anywhere from 60 feet to 120 feet long.

The cannon will be cleaned and further studied in the Fort Fisher office of the underwater archaeology branch of the Office of State Archaeology.

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