A group of ancient cannons unearthed, Draw Noticeable Attention
A group of ancient cannons of Ming and Qing Dynasties were discovered in Nanmen Village, Jincheng Township. This is the largest discovery of ancient cannons during past years, and has drawn noticeable attention(1) from all circles. The constructor Chen, Cang-Jiang formally handed over 19 unearthed(2) ancient cannons to Cultural Affairs Bureau, Kinmen County.
Director-general of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Kinmen County, Li, Xi-Long approved Chen, Cang-Jiang 's assistance in protecting antiquities(3) and everyone should support him. Li, Xi-Long also pointed out that according to the Cultural Heritage(4) Preservation Act, the government will immediately issue a document to request firms to suspend work, and invite Taiwan's experts to authenticate(5) the ancient cannons.
Li, Xi-Long especially approved Chen, Cang-Jiang 's performance. He said that antiquities are the most precious public goods of Kinmen. If people discover antiquities in the process of construction, they should suspend their work instantly and seek help from the Cultural Affairs Bureau so that Kinmen's precious antiquities can be preserved altogether.
The Cultural Affairs Bureau also mentioned that as the news of unearthing ancient cannons was issued, both Taiwan and China turned their attention to Kinmen. Lots of authorities initiatively made contact with them, hoping to provide assistance and have a chance to authenticate the ancient cannons on the spot.
Staff member of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Xu Yong-Wei, pointed out that so far Chen, Cang-Jiang has already transferred 19 ancient cannons to the Cultural Affairs Bureau, but 4 or 5 haven't been unearthed yet. As a result, there were at least 24 ancient cannons in total, which is very rare.
It is understood that the appearance of these ancient cannons, which were unearthed in Nanmen Village, Jincheng Township, resembled the cannons that are placed in Jyuguang Tower, Koxinga Shrine, Hu-hsia Village, and Houfeng Harbor. Therefore, they were inferred(6) to be relics of Ming and Qing Dynasties. Besides, Zheng Cheng-Gong once did troop training in Kinmen. Since the coast defense of Kinmen in Qing Dynasty was critically important, the army was accredited(7) to guard Kinmen County. Moreover, Nanmen Village was a harbor with vital military importance. Consequently, it is reasonable to presume(8) that the ancient cannons are relics of Ming and Qing Dynasties. The amount of the ancient cannons is the largest of all; therefore, it is worth investigating. But which dynasty do these unearthed ancient cannons belong to, or what special historical meaning do they have, will be judged and clarified by the experts.