Diver pulls 900-year-old crusader sword from the seabed – .

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A diver found a 900-year-old sword from the Crusader period off Carmel Beach in the north of the country, along with various other artifacts, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Monday.

Atlit resident Shlomi Katzin handed the gun to the Israel Antiquities Authority and received a certificate of good citizenship.

Katzin found the sword during a dive on Saturday in an area off the coast where waves and undercurrents had apparently moved the sand, revealing the object, the IAI said in a statement. While spying on the stone and metal anchors, Katzin also noticed the sword, encrusted with marine life.

It has a one meter blade and a 30 centimeter handle.

“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 IAI’s theft prevention unit. He assessed that it is probably made of iron.

Fearing that others might find the sword before IAA officials had a chance to examine it in place, Katzin bought it ashore and brought it to the Unit’s northern district office. theft prevention. The sword was handed over to the Department of National Treasures, the statement said.

“Once the sword has been cleaned and researched in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority, we will ensure that it is on display to the public,” IAA Director General Eli Escosido said. .

Diver Shlomi Katzin with the sword. (Nir Disteleld / Israel Antiquities Authority)

The director of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Marine Archeology Unit, Kobi Sharvit, explained that the Carmel coast, with its many natural coves, has served as shelter for ships during storms throughout. centuries of maritime activity along the coast.

“These conditions have attracted merchant ships through the ages, leaving behind rich archaeological finds,” he said. “The recently recovered sword is just one of those finds. “

The site where the sword was found was first noticed in June and has since been monitored by the IAA as it contains items of archaeological interest. The finds show it was used 4,000 years ago as a natural anchoring site and the sword indicates it was still in use 900 years ago, the IAA said.

However, the finds are elusive as they are revealed or covered in quicksand on the seabed.

“Even the smallest storm moves sand and reveals areas on the seabed, while burying others,” said Sharvit, noting that the popularity of recreational diving has increased in recent years, there have been an increase in discoveries.

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