Help needed with this rock/stone found in my garden in Cyprus.
Friends say its man made but i dont think so?
Are there any particular characteristics that such canonballs have, that allow a definitive ID?
(internal structure / rind / material / density / size)
I ask because AFAIK I have never seen one.
As a geologist not an archaeologist, I am familiar with concretions and nodules, which can be highly sperical, so my objectivity is naturally biassed.
Steve, Tabfish thank you for your help with this , I live in southern cyprus on the coast at avdimou.
It measures 15cm across. I can see no evidence of fossils with a magnifying glass
It has been suggested by others it is a chert or a marine mudstone?
I am impressed by the almost perfect roundness of half of it.
I will try to add some more photos
I cannot give any characteristics for stone cannon balls offten during a siege they will be made locally
I see the Ottomans landed at Limassol 2 July 1570 against Venetian both are known to have used stone but I am not aware of the calibre
I remember reading somewhere even Ottoman decapited heads being used in one battle