Construction workers on Sunday stumbled upon what looks like a Nizami-era cannon and cannon balls while they were digging the ground to lay the foundation of a plot in Farhatnagar near Dabeerpura.
According to Telangana Today, the workers were digging for construction in a 40-square yard private property and during the process they found the canon and a few cannon balls.
As the word spread, locals soon flocked to the construction site to have a look at the ammunition and took videos and selfies. Soon, police were alerted about the discovery, following which they informed the findings to the Archaeological department.
However, the Archaeological department could not ascertain the history of the cannon and confirm if it was made during the Nizam period.
Speaking to TT, South Zone DCP V Satyanarayana said, “Police constables were sent to the site immediately upon intimation and a letter to the Department of Archaeology and Museums.”
Earlier in 2016, an old cannon was found during the road widening from Hussaini Alam to Kokka-Ki-Tatti near Charminar. The canon was recovered from underneath a building which was demolished for the purpose of road widening.
The cannon was presumed to be cast in Gunfoundry by Frenchman Monsieur Raymond in the 1780s.
In a similar incident, in October 2017, four canons presumed to belong to the British era were recovered from the iconic Queen’s Mary’s High School in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
The arms were found while workers were digging the ground to lay foundation stones for the new building of the school.
The ammunition was presumed to be designed by the East India Company. The arsenal could have been in the premises of the school as it used to be an ammunition centre during the British era, claimed heritage experts.