Fearing it might be stolen or buried again, Katzin took the organism-encrusted sword ashore and reported the find to the Antiquities Organization, which is charged with protecting these finds.
“The sword, which has been kept in pristine condition, is a beautiful and rare find and clearly belonged to a knight crusader,” said Nir Distelfeld, inspector of the theft prevention unit of the Antiquities Authority of Israel, in the press release.
“It’s thrilling to encounter such a personal item, taking you 900 years in time to another era, complete with knights, armor and swords. ”
The sword’s blade, which is said to be made of iron, measures around 40 inches and the hilt around 14 inches, the authority said.
The antiques body said it has been monitoring the site where the anchors and sword were found since June, but the area’s treasures have remained elusive due to the movement of the sands.
The finds also show that the area served as a small temporary anchorage for ships seeking shelter as early as the late Bronze Age, 4,000 years ago, according to Sharvit of the Marine Archeology Unit.
“The recent discovery of the sword suggests that the natural cove was also used during the Crusader era, around 900 years ago,” Sharvit added.
Katzin received a certificate of appreciation for her good citizenship for reporting the sword to the Israel Antiquities Authority, which said the sword would be on display to the public once it was cleaned and researched.
The Holy Land has been a religious and historical hotspot for millennia, and Israeli archaeologists and members of the public often report rare and ancient finds.
In March, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced that a new set of Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient fragments of biblical texts dating back nearly 2,000 years, had been found in an Israeli desert. It was the first such discovery in 60 years.