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    Searching for a Buried Cannon in Pakistan

    The sister of a cannon named the Zamzama which was cast 260 years ago sank while being ferried across a major river in Pakistan. i need help / advice on how to locate it and what would be the best detector to use. The Zamzama is on display in Lahore and its barrel is made of copper and bronze, weighs 4.5 tons and is 14 feet long. The river as changed its course since the sister of the Zamzama sank and the area identified for the search is now heavily cultivated and the soil is loam (clay, silt & sand). The floodplain of the river is prone to flooding and depositing layers of silt/loam and the barrel may be 10-15 feet below the surface. i have marked out an area of 6 km by 3 km and i presume a grid would have to be surveyed and marked before commencing the search. I have no experience of searching for buried objects and would certainly need expert help / advice. Click image for larger version. 

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    I cant give you too much advice but youre gonna need a 2-box metal detector for something that deep if its even reachable.
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    thanks alot.......... regards
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    I cant give you too much advice but youre gonna need a 2-box metal detector for something that deep if its even reachable.
    Yup, that would be the most economical way to start. GPR is also another option, but, much more expensive.
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    Also, keep in mind, being its been a couple hundred years, rivers meander and it may actually be on "land", not in the channel. I was just reading about a Steam Boat from the 1850's found in a Missouri Corn field 45 feet deep in the dirt! It was recorded that it rammed a log and sank in the channel and the channel is now a half mile away from where it used to run!
    Last edited by GoDeep; Apr 21, 2020 at 01:19 PM.
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    Good Luck on your hunt! That would be an awesome find.
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    Thanks........ came and join me. i could do with some experienced advice

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    i read that GPR work best in dry sandy soil. The old river bed where i will search is loam (clay+silt+sand)

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    Thanks...... i desperately hope that the cannon is not that far down. as you would notice from the two maps that i have attached above....... the river seems to have meandered westwards since 1849 when the old map of a battle was made. the gun however sank around 1760.

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    Thanks...... i desperately hope that the cannon is not that far down. as you would notice from the two maps that i have attached above....... the river seems to have meandered westwards since 1849 when the old map of a battle was made. the gun however sank around 1760.

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    Interesting ! If you were a ferry where would you sink? Was it a ferry with two fixed points (trees) and a cable or rope? Or possibly tied to a rock? If so there must have been a road either side of the ferry for the Oxen and the cannon? With a landing either side?

    Im not sure what the terrain looks like on the ground, but try to be mindful of any kind of clues as to where the river ran - tree lines etc.

    A two box detector would be best. Meteorite men ( google the show) use a large square PVC pipe (with coil inside). It has great depth and large area. Ive tried to look for a circuit diagram as it looks homemade...but only came across a very expensive commercial unit.



    Good luck. Please keep us posted. Did things calm down there after they opened the border?

    Chub
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    Are you thinking that they would have rather ferried it in one go (where the river isnt split into 2 or 3). There must have been a "supply line" road or railway for troops, food, ammo etc? And it must have been wide enough for wagons etc. Where would that have been? Nearest port, mountain pass etc.

    chub
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    Hey Chub...... thanks for your interest ..... it sank in 1760 so no railways then,....the flood plain of the river was 3 miles broad..too wide for an anchored ferry......but i take your point for clues ...... will give it a think.. meanwhile have asked a govt space org to do some satellite imaging to locate the old bed. they did it in the desert to locate the bed of a river that dried up 2000 years ago. am attaching the image of that for your interest....Thanks for your advice on the two box detector...will educate my self on it and get back to you with questions. Click image for larger version. 

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    ok AARC....thanks for the advice .checked out its credentials and seems like a very versatile detector.......

 

 
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