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Cannonballs
Cannonballs  
Hi.  We have what we believe is two cannonballs.  They are very heavy...guessing 50 or 60 lbs.  like the size of a volleyball.  Completely round.  No holes or seems.  Anything you can tell us would be great.  From New York Hudson valley area.  Thanks.

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They look like cannonballs to me; but, historical military equipment is not an area of my expertise. Best take them to a historical museum or antique dealer for more information about age.  There are a lot of these things around.  They were often incorporated into memorials for the Civil War.
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John Shea

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Questions about Old World prehistoric archaeology (mainly Europe, Near East, and Africa during the Paleolithic period/Pleistocene Epoch). IMPORTANT: I do not give advice about colleges. I do not appraise the value of artifacts or fossils. IMPORTANT: Between February 14 and September 01, 2014, I will be on sabbatical leave. During this time I will have limited access to email. This means that there may be very long periods (i.e., weeks) between your posting a question and my having time to answer it.

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University professor of anthropology/archaeology since 1991. Dozens of publications in peer-review anthropology journals. Director of archaeological-paleontological expeditions and excavations in Israel, Jordan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Kenya. See my main profile under Allexperts` "Anthropology" section. Professional website: http://www.sunysb.edu/anthro/staff/jshea.shtml Personal website: http://www.sunysb.edu/anthro/Shea/Shea%20pers%20webpage.htm

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