Cannon shot found near Ho Citadel

Cannon shot found near the Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150101

A cluster of cannon shot, thought to be 600 years old, have been discovered near the World Heritage site of the Ho Citadel.

Cannon shot found near the Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150101
Cannon shot found near the Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150101

Large cluster of ancient stone shot discovered in Thanh Hoa
Viet Nam News, 01 January 2015

Local people have accidentally unearthed nearly 100 age-old cannon balls recently at a site located 3km away from the world-heritage Ho Dynasty Citadel, Vinh Loc district, central Thanh Hoa province.

Buried around 50–70 centimeters beneath the ground, the round shot, which were carefully polished, have diameters ranging from 5-8 centimeters. Most of them were made from limestone, while the rest were from pebble and sandstone.

Ammunition similar to these in terms of materials, shapes, sizes and technique was once excavated at the Ho Dynasty Citadel. A theory believes that all of them, as popular military equipment during the reign of Ho Quy Ly (1398-1407), were used for cannons invented by Ho Nguyen Trung, the King’s first son.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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