Archaeologists late last week recovered a cannon off the North Carolina coast that famed pirate Blackbeard once employed to terrorize shipping along the Atlantic seaboard nearly 300 years ago.
The instrument of war was covered in sand and concrete-like accretions of sand and barnacles.
The cannon is 8 feet long and weighs 2,000 pounds, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
It is estimated it will take archaeologists and students at East Carolina University as much as eight years to get down to the bronze cannon, according to Jennifer Woodward, secretary of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, which oversees the project.
“It looks like it’s covered in concretions, with cement all around it, and there will be lots of things attached to it,” Woodward told ABC News.
Woodward said that in past recoveries of cannons from the ship, bits of rope, lead shot, and gold dust had been found encased with the recovered artifact, according to ABC.