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800kg Mughal Era bronze canon unearthed

800kg Mughal Era bronze canon unearthed
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A 17th century bronze canon of Mughal Era was unearthed at a construction site near Nayapul on Thursday. The Department of Archaeology and Museums has decided to erect it at its Gunfoundry office. The archaeology department officials believe that this canon measuring 6.5 feet and diameter of 4 inches was used by the military of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb during the successful invasion of 1687 AD, which was his second attempt.

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Hyderabad: A 17th century bronze canon of Mughal Era was unearthed at a construction site near Nayapul on Thursday. The Department of Archaeology and Museums has decided to erect it at its Gunfoundry office. The archaeology department officials believe that this canon measuring 6.5 feet and diameter of 4 inches was used by the military of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb during the successful invasion of 1687 AD, which was his second attempt.

The then Qutub Shahi ruler Abdul Hassan Tanisha was defeated, when the Mughal forces attacked Golconda Fort.The canon weighs about 800 kg and the metal used for making the canon is a mix of iron, copper, zinc, lead, brass and other alloys. Considering it to be an ancient artefact, the department declared it as ‘priceless’.

It was unearthed while the contractor named Lateef was digging the house site for laying pillars at a depth of 20 feet near the banks of Musi River at Nayapul, Afzalgunj. Immediately after getting the information, the East Zone Task Force took possession of the Canon, which was later handed over to the officials of Archaeology.

Speaking to The Hans India, the department’s Deputy Director Vijay Kumar said this canon might have been used in the war of 1687 AD. However, after the war, the forces might have abandoned it after it ceased to be effective or due to transportation problems. He also pointed out that the department’s experts were not able to read the inscriptions engraved on it, due to rust and corrosion.

“It is a beautifully ornamented canon, but unfortunately we are not able to read inscriptions due to corrosion,” said the official. He informed that the museums, including Telangana State museums, were full of similar canons hence, the department has decided to erect it at its Gunfoundry office.

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