via Bangkok Post, 25 August 2018:
Cannon found in Sanam Luang. Source: Matichon 20180825
A cannon believed to be around 200 years old has been uncovered in the middle of Sanam Luang in Bangkok.
Thai media reported the cannon might have dated back to the reign of King Rama II (1809 to 1824). It is 3.05m long with a 40cm muzzle.
It was found on Saturday evening while workers were laying drainage pipes as part of the renovation of the ceremonial ground. They found it at the depth of 1.5m and used a backhoe to lift it out. All parts were intact except for the missing carriage.
Source: Ancient cannon found at Sanam Luang | Bangkok Post: news
via New Straits Times, 04 March 2018:
GEORGETOWN: After the discovery of two cannons, a group of archaeologists and historians from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) found nine cannonballs at the archaeological site of Fort Cornwallis.
Source: Nine cannonballs found at Fort Cornwallis [NSTTV]
via The Malaysian Insight, 20 Feb 2018
EXCAVATION works at the historic Fort Cornwallis in George Town, Penang, has unearthed two East India Company (EIC)-era cannons over two centuries old. Both bear the insignia “GR” – Georgius…
Source: Archaeologists find two historic cannons at Fort Cornwallis
via New Straits Times, 23 July 2017: A feature on the cannons of Kota Kuala Kedah in northern Malaysia.
Cannons were already in common use in Europe by the mid 14th century. During that same time the Arabs began using cannons as effective siege machines during their assaults on Spain. By the time Lopez D’Sequeira visited Melaka in 1509, the Malay sultanate was said to have around 8,000 pieces of this type of artillery in its possession.
After conquering Melaka in 1511, Alfonso D’Albuquerque reported that one third of the Malay cannons were made of iron while the rest were cast from brass. He was reported to have said that the workmanship of the cannons he confiscated couldn’t be excelled even back home in Portugal.
Among those captured by the Portuguese were large cannons or meriam. However, their numbers paled in comparison with the more common long pieces called lela.
Source: When the Malay cannons boomed | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News
Divers in Hong Kong discovered a large anchor stock and a cannon, the former dating to the Song Dynasty.
Hong Kong’s sunken treasure: ancient anchor and cannon reveal our rich maritime history
South China Morning Post, 19 July 2016
Two monumental artefacts were recovered over the weekend by a local diving group, marking a maritime heritage milestone for Hong Kong.
A diving team from the Hong Kong Underwater Heritage Group recovered an anchor stock – the upper part of an anchor – around Basalt Island, and a cannon off the coast of High Island. The anchor stock is believed to date back to the Song Dynasty, making it over 1,000 years old – Hong Kong’s oldest marine artefact.
“It’s important for Hong Kong’s [maritime] history because it’s evidence to show that Hong Kong is a location worth investigating,” Dr Libby Chan Lai-pik, senior curator at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum said. The museum is a sponsor of the Underwater Heritage Group.
“The anchor is proof that Hong Kong was perhaps quite advanced during the Song Dynasty in terms of water transport and commercial trade.”
Full story here.
Parts of an artillery cannon were found during construction in Sri Lanka.
Artillery gun found in Galle. Source: Daily News Sri Lanka 20150928
Parts of artillery gun found near Galle Face
Daily News Sri Lanka, 2015092
Parts of an artillery gun with historical value was found in the Galle Face area yesterday.
Parts of the gun were detected by workers at a private construction site when they were excavating an area for construction, Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera told the Daily News. He said the main part of the gun is 26 feet in length.
Full story here.
Authorities in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province have confiscated a pair of cannons salvaged from the waters that were sold for scrap metal.
Cannons salvaged from Ninh Thuan Province, 20130326
Two ancient cannons sold as scrap
Vietnam Net, 26 March 2013
A cannon and ammunition dating to the Nguyen Dynasty was found in the Ngu Ha River in Hue.
Nguyen dynasty weapons unearthed [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 14 March 2012
Some artefacts from the imperial city of Hue are to be listed as national treasures of Vietnam.
Sacred cannons from Hue, Tuoi Tre News 20120208
Hue antiquities to become national treasures
Tuoi Tre News, 08 February 2012
A 19th century cannon found in Ha Tinh Province in undergoing restoration by the Ha Tinh Museum and the Vietnam History Museum.
Ha Tinh restoring ancient cannon
Saigon Giai Phong, 07 April 2010