Webinar on cannon technology of medieval Bengal held at ULAB

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:15, Aug 27,2020


The Center for Archaeological Studies of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh on Tuesday organised a webinar titled ‘Tracing the Cannon Technology of Medieval Bengal: Some Issues and Observations’, said a press release on Wednesday.

The seminar commenced with the welcome speech by Professor Shahnaj Husne Jahan, head of General Education Department and director of CAS of ULAB.

Sabikun Naher, associate professor of Jahangirnagar University, was present as speaker at the seminar who is an expert on archaeometallurgy and archaeotechnology in Bangladesh.

At the seminar, she discussed the use of cannon in the artillery division of military force in medieval Bengal and the possibility of the local craftsmanship of the Bengal cannons.

Cannon, as a weapon, was used in Bengal much earlier than previously thought, even it was used in the war in Bengal before first Mughal emperor Babor ascended the throne in north India.

Evidence suggests that Bengali craftsmen were expert in cannon making.

The seminar was culminated by a compulsive discussion by Pranab Chattopadhyay, who is a renowned authority in this field from India. Faculties and students from different universities including ULAB, DU, CU were present at the webinar.

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