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In this photo provided by the Israeli Antiquities Department, Nir Distelfeld, an ancient Israeli antiquities inspector, was discovered by Israeli divers on the Mediterranean coast near Haifa, Israel, on October 14, 2021. I have a sword. Israeli scuba diver experts have recovered an ancient sword from the Mediterranean coast of a country dating back to the Crusades. The Israeli Antique Bureau said the man was diving last Saturday in northern Israel over a weekend when he found the sword. Fearing that his findings would be buried, officials said the diver retrieved a sword, which is estimated to be 900 years old, and gave it to government experts. (Israel Antiquities Bureau via AP)
Jerusalem Israeli scuba divers have recovered an ancient sword from the country’s Mediterranean coast, experts say dates back to the Crusades.
According to the Israeli Antiquities Department, the man was diving in northern Israel over the weekend and found a pile of ancient relics such as anchors, pottery and a one-metre-long sword.
When the diver was discovered, he was in a body of water about 150 meters (170 yards) offshore and 5 meters (5.5 yards) deep.
According to experts, the area provides shelter for ancient ships and has many archaeological treasures dating back 4,000 years. However, such discoveries may be elusive because the sand is constantly changing.
Fearing that his findings would be buried, officials said the diver pulled out the sword and handed it over to government experts. The weapon is estimated to be 900 years old.
“It was found to be covered with marine life, but was apparently made of iron,” said Neil Distelfeld, an inspector with the officers’ anti-robbery unit. “With knights, armor and swords, it’s exciting to transport you to another era 900 years ago and encounter such personal items.”
The sword is washed and further analyzed. Meanwhile, the diver, identified as Shlomi Katzin, was given a citation for good citizenship.
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