A diver has discovered a 900-year-old sword in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel, which is presumed to have belonged to a Crusader knight. The discovery took place this weekend off the coast of the city of Carmel, in northern Israel, where Shlomi Katzin was practicing recreational diving.
The sword, which has been immediately handed over to the authorities, is one meter long and covered by marine organisms. “The sword, which has been preserved in perfect condition, is a beautiful and rare find and evidently belonged to a Crusader knight,” said Nir Distelfeld, inspector of the Theft Prevention Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority, who has added that they believe the weapon is made of iron.
The site where the discovery took place was used in ancient times as a shelter for ships during storms due to the presence of large natural coves, explains Kobi Sharvit, director of Marine Archeology at the same institution. “These conditions have attracted merchant ships over the centuries, leaving behind rich archaeological finds,” he adds.
Along with the sword, which will be cleaned and examined in a specialized laboratory before being put on display, the diver has also found other objects, including metal anchors and ceramic fragments, which are presumed to have become visible with movements of sand in the bottom of the sea.