Thursday, December 2

Diver finds 900-year-old sword of the crusades

A four foot long sword, dating from the Third Crusade, was found at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.

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A four foot long sword, dating from the Third Crusade, was found on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea by a diver.

Shlomi Katzin, a scuba diver, placed a GoPro camera on his forehead and jumped into the waters off Israel’s Carmel coast to explore the area.

On the sandy soil of the Mediterranean Sea, found a sword, which archaeologists would later determine was about 900 years old; The artifact weighs four pounds, is about four feet long and originated from the Third Crusade, according to experts.

The diver Katzin, who also found ancient stone and metal anchors, as well as ceramic fragments, brought the sword ashore and reported to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“The iron sword has been preserved in perfect condition and is a rare find. Obviously it belonged to a crusader knight, “said Kobi Sharvit, director of the Marine Archeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority, after a first analysis of the sword.

They assumed that the sword belonged to a crusader knight who belonged to the community who were sitting in the citadel of Atlit, since it is not far from the place where it was found, although it is hardly the beginning of the investigation since the artifact must be cleaned.

The sword was only an artifact discovered by Katzin, as it He also found stone anchors and pottery shards dating back hundreds of yearsHowever, “nothing is more impressive than the sword,” Sharvit added.

All items were found to be approximately one thousand square feet in diameter.

“It is normal to find swords in poor condition, but this one was found underwater, and under water, it was kept in very good condition,” Sharvit said.

The water off the Carmel coast is kept at the same temperature throughout the year, which helped preserve the iron of the sword.

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