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News: Maritime Archaeology
A cannon, dating back to the Ottoman period in Cyprus (16th–19th century), was recovered from an ancient shipwreck in the waters off Paralimni.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Ottoman cannon recovered off Paralimni, Cyprus

Three kilometres from the “Nissia” area in Protaras

On Sunday an Ottoman period cannon was recovered from an ancient shipwreck about three kilometres from the “Nissia” area in Protaras of the Paralimni Municipality (Cyprus).

This was one of the three cannons found on the old vessel, which according to archaeologists dates back to the time Cyprus was under Ottoman rule. However this does not mean that the ship belonged to the Ottoman Empire.

Volunteers, under the supervision of the Antiquities Department and the Archaeology Department of the University of Cyprus, helped retrieve the canon. The vessel’s identity and exact age are expected to be revealed after the cannon will be studied by the Antiquities Department in Larnaca. After that the Paralimni Municipality wishes to exhibit the cannon, as a piece of Famagusta’s history.

Paralimni’s earliest residents had established the Lefkola settlement at the coast of modern Protaras, one of ancient Salamis’s most important suburbs. The settlement was later moved inland to avoid pirate attacks.

Vessels with dozens of passengers watched the hour-long recovery of the cannon, as divers hooked the cannon on a crane aboard a special ship.

The cannon’s emergence above the surface was welcomed with their sirens and cheers. Thus a piece of history was retrieved from the past, emerging before the gathered people’s eyes. Unfortunately, according to the archaeologists, the wreck of the warship was looted and the cannons were left behind because the mongers could not carry them.

 

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