Amateur diver Shlomi Katsin discovered a 900-year-old crusader sword at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) tells about it.
The discovered sword is made of iron, has a length of about one meter, the size of the handle is 30 cm.
“The sword has been preserved in almost perfect condition. It is a beautiful and rare find and apparently once belonged to a crusader knight, â€�said Nir Distelfeld, an inspector of the Anti-Pillage Prevention Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement.
Near the site where the sword was discovered, Katsin also stumbled upon stone and metal anchors, as well as fragments of pottery.
Previous archaeological finds in the area have proven the hypothesis of historians that this cove was used as a natural anchorage for ships seeking refuge and has been in use since the Late Bronze Age – 4,000 years ago.
Katzin was awarded a certificate for providing the find to the IAA (and for not putting the medieval blade on his personal trophy rack). According to the IAA, after careful examination, the sword will be on public display.
The crusades lasted from about 1095 to 1291. During this time, many European knights traveled to the Holy Land as part of a church-sanctioned campaign to reclaim territory from Muslim rulers.