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A ‘solid’ reminder of Thalassery’s colonial past

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Two cannons found buried near the seashore

pointer to past:A portion of the cannon that was spotted near the compound wall of the port office at Thalassery.
pointer to past:A portion of the cannon that was spotted near the compound wall of the port office at Thalassery.

For a heritage town, sighting of two cannons in the close vicinity of the Thalassery pier here has come as a reminder of its colonial history.

The first cannon was found barely 50 metres away from the sea, on a walkway near the compound wall of the old port office after a pre-monsoon sanitation drive. It was found buried under the earth with just a small portion, precisely 42 centimetres, of it extending outwards. On further inspection of the area, another cannon of nearly 195 centimetres was found lying on the ground, almost 15 feet away from the first one.

K.V. Sreenath, assistant editor, Archaeology Department, who inspected the cannons said that the cast iron weapons were suspected to be at least 200-250 years old and could have been used for protecting the shore against enemy ships. Further studies need to be conducted to unravel more details.

As per the Treasure Trove Act, the antiques should be taken over by the Revenue Department initially and then handed over to the State Archaeology Department, he said. The cannons were relatively larger in size than the ones on display at the archaeological museums in Thrissur and Kozhikode, he observed.

When contacted, tahsildar K. Zubair said a report had been submitted to the District Collector. The archaeological value of the cannons had to be assessed, the need for which would be communicated to the Archaeology Department, Mr. Zubair said.

However, a section of municipal councillors demanded that the cannons be retained in the town itself. The port officials also approached the tahsildar demanding that the cannons be retained under their custody. But the Archaeology Department officials maintained that the antiques belonged to them and any decision regarding them would be taken once the cannons were handed over to them.

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