Thu. May 26th, 2022

Jerusalem: An Israeli diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast, which experts say originates from the Crusaders.

Israel’s antiquities authority said the man was on a weekend dive in northern Israel when he discovered a crowd of ancient artifacts that included anchors, pottery and a meter-long sword.

The diver was about 150 meters off the coast in five meters deep water when he found the discovery.

Experts say the area provided shelter for ancient ships and is home to many archaeological treasures, some dating back 4,000 years. But such discoveries can be elusive because of the constantly changing sand.

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

Over the centuries, the ancient weapon was colonized by sea creatures and is now completely enclosed in shells.

Nir Distelfeld, inspector of the Israel Antiquities Authority, who swore.

Nir Distelfeld, inspector of the Israel Antiquities Authority, who swore. Credit:Israel’s antiques

“It was found to be occupied by marine organisms, but is apparently made of iron,” said Nir Distelfeld, an inspector in the authority’s robbery prevention unit. “It’s exciting to encounter such a personal object that takes you 900 years back in time to another era of knights, armor and swords.”

In the video of the discovery, the shifting sand had drifted off the weapon and left it resting on the seabed.

The sword needs to be cleaned and further analyzed, while the diver, identified as Shlomi Katzin, received a certificate of recognition for good citizenship.

AP

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