A 900-year-old sword believed to belong to a crusader who sailed for the Holy Land has been found at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel.
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said the meter-long blade covered with barnacles was discovered by amateur scuba diver Shlomi Katzin on a seashore off the Carmel coast.
Inspector of the IAA’s Robbery Prevention Unit, Nir Distelfeld, said: “The sword, preserved in perfect condition, is a beautiful and rare find and apparently belonged to a warrior knight.
“It was found surrounded by sea creatures, but it’s apparently made of iron. It’s exciting to encounter such a personal item, which transports you to a different era 900 years ago, knights, armor and swords.” with. “
Crusaders was the name given to those who took part in military campaigns to control the Holy Land by Christian powers between the 11th and 13th centuries, which roughly corresponds to the location of the modern state of Israel.
The distinctive weapon is believed to have been revealed by moving sand on the ocean floor, with its 30 cm long hilt. An ancient stone, metal anchors and pottery fragments were found next to the sword, which will be displayed after being cleaned and restored.
Kobi Sharvit, director of the authority’s marine archeology unit, said a natural cove near the port city of Haifa, suggested it served as a haven for seafarers.
“These conditions have attracted merchant ships for centuries, leaving behind rich archaeological finds,” he said.
“The Carmel Coast has many natural creeks that provided shelter for ancient ships in a storm, and large creeks around which entire settlements and ancient port cities developed.
“The discovery of ancient finds by swimmers and leisure divers is a growing phenomenon in recent years with the increasing popularity of these sports.
“Even the smallest storms stir up sand and reveal areas on the ocean floor, meanwhile burying others. It is therefore extremely important to report any such discoveries and as early as possible.” To recover as much archaeological data we always try to document them in situ.
“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 as early as the Late Bronze Age, 4,000 years ago. was done in
“The recent discovery of the sword suggests that the natural cove was also used in the Crusader period, about 900 years ago.”
IAA General Director Eli Escocido praised Mr Katzin for handing over the sword, saying: “Every ancient artifact that has been found helps us piece together the historical puzzle of the Land of Israel.
“Once the sword has been cleaned and researched in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority, we will ensure that it is displayed to the public.”
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