British cannon balls found at Bollarum


People taking a look at the British cannon balls found at Trishul Park Government High School in Bollarum on Monday.
Express News Service
Last Updated : 18 Aug 2009 09:20:25 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Over 1,127 cannon balls belonging to the British period were found during the construction work at the dilapidated Trishul Park Government High School at Bollaram in Secunderabad on Monday.The authorities have stored the antiques within the school premises and sealed the premises. The school is located beside the Bollaram police station.According to the officials, construction work was taken up at the site to build a new primary government school. The construction activity has been going on for the last three days. The labourers dug a 5-ftdeep pit when they found three iron cannon balls. They dug further and found more.``The British had stocked them during their stay at Bollarum. The dilapidated Government High School was dismantled recently to construct a new primary government school under the Rajiv Vidya Mission,’’ Trimulgherry Tahsildar B Krupakar told Express.He said that the cannon balls were of two sizes _ one of a cricket ball and the other of a football.Officials, who counted the antiques said 807 were small in size while 320 were big. ``They date back to the 1850s. Before Independence, the school was used as a jail. As the ancient building was about to crumble, the district authorities decided to construct a new building,’’ Krupakar said, adding that two floors would be builtas part of the project.Officials who had a closer look said that the cannon balls did not contain gun powder. ``Except the smaller ones, which were heavy, the big-sized balls had holes and had mud stains,’’ Krupakar added.Officials said that they would call in forensic experts to ascertain whether there was some quantity of gun powder in it. Archaeology and Museums director Chenna Reddy told this paper that that officials from his department visited the site and measures would be taken to take possession of the articles excavated.``The iron balls weigh between 1.5 kg and 13 kg. They are 150 years old and belong to the British army,’’ Chenna Reddy added. 


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