|archmage||Date: Monday, 30-January-2012, 11:37 PM | Message # 1|
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|An antique gun found buried on a Northern Territory beach may support theories the Portuguese were the first European power to discover Australia, an historical author says. |
Christopher Doukas unearthed the gun buried in mud off Dundee Beach, about two hours' drive from Darwin, during a low tide in January 2010.
The Doukas family did some internet research and found it resembled a 16th Century Portuguese swivel gun.
Darwin Museum has now asked to see the item and the family will hand it over for analysis when they return from holidays later this month.
Canberra-based author Peter Trickett told ninemsn the gun, if authentic, may have been dumped during one of two voyages he claims Portuguese seafarer Cristovao de Mendonca made around the coast of Australia in 1521 and 1522.
Full article/source - http://news.ninemsn.com.au/nationa....stralia
Message edited by sanju - Monday, 30-January-2012, 11:38 PM