Scuba Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Crusader Sword from Bottom of Mediterranean Sea

An amateur scuba diver discovered a 900-year-old Crusader sword at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Oct. 18.

Diver Shlomi Katzin found the meter-long blade with a 30-centimeter hilt last Oct. 16 on the seafloor off the Carmel coast and reported it to the IAA Northern District Robbery Prevention Unit.

According to IAA Inspector Nir Distelfeld, the iron sword was in “perfect condition” and “evidently belonged to a Crusader knight.”

“It is exciting to encounter such a personal object, taking you 900 years back in time to a different era, with knights, armor, and swords,” Distelfeld said.

IAA Marine Archaeology Unit Director Kobi Sharvit said that the natural cove near the port city of Haifa where the barnacle-covered sword was found “served as a small, temporary natural anchorage for ships seeking shelter.”

IAA General Director Eli Escosido said that they will put the sword on public display once it has been cleaned and researched by their laboratories.

“Every ancient artifact that is found helps us piece together the historical puzzle of the Land of Israel,” Escosido said.

A video of Katzin’s dive showed his discovery of the sword, as well as ancient stone and metal anchors and pottery fragments lying at the bottom of the sea.

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