200-year-old cannonballs found

A cache of cannonballs, thought to be from the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), were found in Hue during some construction works along the An Cuu river embankment.

Cannonballs thought to date to the Nguyen Dynasty, Saigon Giai Phong 20110416

Nguyen Dynasty munitions discovered in Hue City

Saigon Giai Phong, 16 April 2011

While constructing an embankment along the An Cuu River in the central city of Hue, workers dug up 52 cannon balls believed to be from the time of the Nguyen Dynasty.

The City Police have temporarily seized all the cannon balls. Forty-three of them weigh 20 kgs each and the rest are smaller weighing 5 kgs.

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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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