Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7:31 p.m.
Through Sudinfo with Belga
A sword discovered in the sea by a diver near the Israeli coast may be 900 years old and may have belonged to a knight of the Crusader Brotherhood, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (AIA).
Shlomi Katzin, an Israeli diver, discovered on Saturday in Caesarea (north-west) a one-meter-long sword with a 30-centimeter hilt entirely covered in corals and shells, but “in perfect condition”, the report said. AIA in a press release.
This sword is “a rare and magnificent find which according to all evidence belonged to a knight crusader,” AIA official, Nir Distelfeld, said in this statement. “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.