- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

BURLINGTON, N.J. (AP) - A rusty cannon dating back to the 18th century has been excavated at an American Legion post undergoing renovations in southern New Jersey.

WPVI-TV reports (https://6abc.cm/1UDclcd ) the 4.5-foot, 1,000 pound piece of military history was unearthed Wednesday at American Legion Post 79 in Burlington.

Construction crews made the discovery while digging next to Memorial Hall on High Street as part of a project to make the building more handicap accessible.

Archaeologist Jesse West-Rosenthal says the cannon is in decent condition for having been in the ground for over 200 years.

State Office of Historic Preservation officials say the cannon would’ve been mounted on a wooden rig, possibly on a naval vessel.

Renovations have been suspended until state officials learn more about the cannon and determine whether more excavation is needed.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide