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14th-century shipboard cannon that fired ‘stone shots’ may be Europe’s oldest on record


An unusual cannon found underwater off the coast of Sweden in 2001 may be the oldest shipboard gun ever discovered in Europe, a new study finds.

Pieces of cloth found inside the object — thought to be the remains of a bag for gunpowder known as a cartouche — have been radiocarbon-dated to the 14th century, making the cannon one of the earliest of its kind and possibly the oldest shipboard cannon in Europe on record. 

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