Rare, inscribed cannon to be unveiled Friday

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A St. Augustine archaeologist was on a routine dive this summer when he found a rare cannon from a shipwreck site that archaeologists had discovered two years ago.

Now, the cannon is ready to be unveiled. First Light Maritime Society Archaeologists at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum will unveil the cannon Friday in the Courtyard at an invitation-only event.

Sam Turner, director of archaeology at the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, found the cannon, which had a strange inscription covered in concretion from the shipwreck site.

The lighthouse will also reveal Friday the inscription discovered on the cannon.

Any information found on the cannon will bring the archaeologists closer to identifying the shipwreck, a site that has already produced five cauldrons, a gentleman’s pocket pistol and a ship’s bell.

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