Israel: 900-year-old Crusader sword discovered by diver

The sword, whose blade is one meter long, was discovered “in perfect condition”.

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The blade is one meter long, the handle 30 centimeters. UA sword discovered in the sea near the Israeli coast could be 900 years old and may have belonged to a knight of the Crusader Brotherhood, the Israel Antiquities Authority (AIA) believes in a statement released Tuesday (October 19).

An Israeli diver discovered the object on Saturday in Caesarea (northwest), it was completely covered in corals and shells, but “in perfect condition”. This sword is “a rare and magnificent find which obviously belonged to a knight crusader. (…) It’s fascinating to see such an object, which takes us back 900 years in time, to another era with knights, armor and swords. “

The object was found in an area where underwater currents regularly move sand, which led to the discovery, said Kobi Sharvit, head of underwater archeology at AIA. Handed over to the Department of National Treasures, the sword will be on display to the public after being cleaned and analyzed, AIA director Eli Escosido said.

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