Cannonballs from the 17th Century found in Drina River

September 7, 2017 8:30 AM

While searching Drina River in Gorazde, members of the Special Diving Unit of Police of the Czech Republic and members of the Federal Administration for Civil Protection (FACP) found cannon balls from the Ottoman period. It is assumed that these cannon balls originate from the 17th century, and since it represents a significant archaeological heritage, they decided to donate it to the Museum in Gorazde.

Therefore, cannon balls from the Drina River became a part of the regular archeological setting of the Museum of Gorazde.

“These cannon balls are most probably made of iron with some holes for gunpowder and we are glad that the people who found them expressed a great desire to give it to us, and that will be great for our regular setting. We will conduct some X-rays in order to analyze their exact dating,” said Adi Dzemidzic, the head of the Museum of Gorazde.

Three specimens were given to the museum, and one of them will be analyzed.

“These cannon balls are most likely from the Ottoman period, and taking their construction into consideration, probably from the late 17th and the beginning of the 18th century. This ammunition was already obsolete by the second half of the 19th century. Considering some technical characteristics, we assume that they originate from the same period. This ammunition was used by the Ottoman army, and we will work on a precise analysis,” said Suad Vrana, the Head of the Department for Destruction of Explosive Resources at FACP.

He added that they also found a lighter that is dating from the period of the World War I.

Divers of the Czech police and members of the FACP searched Drina River first time after the war.

(Source: E. A./Klix.ba)

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