(Charlotte News & Observer) A young boy with a love for archaeology dug a Civil War cannonball from the muddy banks of the Eno River earlier this month in Gold Park.
"Sometimes you chase history, and sometimes it finds you," said Scott Washington, assistant director of the Orange County Historical Museum.
Eli Aquino, 8, was exploring the river with Hillsborough resident Tim Duffy and his friend Cornelius Lewis when they spotted the object on June 1. Normally, they find old glass bottles and shards of pottery, but this looked different, Lewis said.
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They thought it might be a cannonball, but the fuse on top reminded them of a prisoner's ball and chain. They took it back to Duffy's house in a bucket of water, where it sat for about a week in the driveway.