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A scuba diver in Israel discovered a 900-year-old sword from the country’s Mediterranean coast, which experts say may have belonged to a Crusader knight.

The man, identified as Shlomi Katzin, was on a dive in northern Israel on Saturday when he came upon a trove of ancient artifacts including pottery, anchors and a nearly 4-foot-long sword, Israel’s Antiquities Authority said. said on Monday.


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The diver took the sword back to shore – fearing it might be buried – and gave it to the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Northern District Robbery Prevention Unit inspector.

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“It was found surrounded by sea creatures, but apparently made of iron,” said Nir Distelfeld, an inspector in the authority’s robbery prevention unit. told the Associated Press on Tuesday. “It’s exciting to encounter such a personal item, which transports you to a different era, 900 years ago, with knights, armor and swords.”

The area where the sword was found reportedly provided shelter for ancient ships and is the origin of many archaeological treasures dating back thousands of years.

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“Archaeological finds at the site suggest that it served as a small, temporary natural anchorage for ships seeking shelter. The identification of various finds suggests that the anchor was used 4,000 years before the Late Bronze Age. Recently discovered swathes show that the natural cove was also used in the Crusader period, about 900 years ago,” said Kobi Sharvit, director of the Maritime Archaeological Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority. statement posted on facebook With videos of swords and other artifacts.

A meter-long (yard-long) sword, which experts say dates back to the Crusaders, is displayed in the Mediterranean port of Caesarea, Israel, Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Religious war Lasted from the end of the 11th century to the end of the 13th century.

The shell-adorned sword is prepared to be cleaned and further analysed.

Katzin was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Good Citizenship.

Israeli law requires Any artifacts to be returned to the country.