Archaeological finds such as cannon balls and gunflints have been excavated from a site at Pulikkomkummu here by the Archaeology Department.

A small cave found during house construction works on a private plot near the Jagannath temple at Pulikkomkummu has led to the excavation. A team led by excavation assistant B. Mohanachandran undertook the work four days ago. The excavation would continue on Tuesday, he said.

The gunflints, known as ‘cherts’, were commonly used in African countries. The Portuguese and the Dutch had also used them, Mr. Mohanachandran said.

Traces of charcoal were also found in the cave. A possible reason for its presence would be the use of torches in the cave in the olden days, he reasoned. More tests had to be done for further conclusions, he added.