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Israeli scuba diver discovered ancient crusader sword

The sword, believed to have belonged to a crusader who sailed to the Holy Land almost a millennium ago, was discovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.



JERUSALEM (AP) – An Israeli scuba diver rescued an ancient sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast, which experts say dates back to the Crusaders.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said the man was on a weekend in northern Israel on Monday when he noticed a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, including anchors, pottery, and a yard-long sword.

When he made the discovery, the diver was about 150 meters (170 yards) offshore and 5 meters (5.5 yards) offshore.

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Experts say the area served as a haven for ancient ships and is home to many archaeological treasures, some of which are 4,000 years old. But such discoveries can be elusive due to the constantly shifting sands.

Fearing that his discovery might be buried, the diver took the sword ashore and handed it to government experts. The weapon is estimated to be 900 years old.

“It was found to be covered in marine organisms but appears to be made of iron,” said Nir Distelfeld, an inspector for the robbery prevention department. “It’s nice to meet such a personal object that will take you 900 years ago, to another era, with knights, armor and swords.”

The sword is subject to cleaning and further analysis, and a diver named Shlomi Katsin received a certificate of good citizenship.

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