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Bronze cannon and cannon balls

<p>Bronze cannon and cannon balls, Castell de Pijoert, Les, fifteenth century.</p>

Bronze cannon and cannon balls, Castell de Pijoert, Les, fifteenth century.

During archaeological excavations of Castell de Pijoert’s main tower, this small cannon and the set of cannon balls came to light. It is a bronze, muzzle-loaded canon for shooting small projectiles at long range. This one would have been fixed to a wooden base. Once it was primed with the gunpowder and the cannonball, it would have been fired by lighting the fuse which set off the gunpowder through a hole at the end of the cannon. The cannonballs were made of iron or stone.

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