900-year-old crusader sword found off coast of Israel

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  • An iron sword dating from 1100 has been found off the coast of Israel.
  • An unsuspecting diver was diving when he stumbled upon the treasure.
  • The sword will be on display to the public when it has been fully analyzed.

A 900-year-old sword was found by a diver off the coast of Israel.

The nearly 4-foot-long iron sword, which had become the home of a group of marine organisms, is believed to have belonged to a crusader who sailed to the Holy Land in AD 1100.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said the diver was on a weekend diving in northern Israel when he spotted a treasure trove of ancient treasures including anchors, pottery and a three-foot sword long.

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Yaakov Sharvit, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Marine Archeology Unit, holds a sword that dates back to the Crusades. It was discovered by an amateur diver off the coast of Caesarea, Israel on October 18, 2021.

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Experts say the area, a natural cove near the port city of Haifa, was used as a shelter for ancient ships and is therefore now the site of many archaeological finds.

To prevent the sword from getting lost in the quicksand, the diver brought it ashore and handed it to government experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority, according to AP.

“It was found encrusted with marine organisms, but it is apparently made of iron,” Nir Distelfeld, an inspector with the authority’s theft prevention unit, told AP. “It’s exciting to encounter such a personal item, taking you 900 years in time to another era, complete with knights, armor and swords.”

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A sword that likely belonged to a crusader rests on the beach near where it was recovered off the coast of Caesarea, Israel on October 18, 2021.

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The diver, Shlomi Katzin, received a certificate of appreciation for her good citizenship after her historic discovery.

The Times of Israel reports that the government has confirmed that the sword will be on display to the public once it is fully analyzed.


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