Diver discovers 900-year-old sword from Crusades in Mediterranean Sea - CNET

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The hilt measures successful astatine astir 30 centimeters and is encrusted with seashells.

Shlomi Katzin

Shlomi Katzin was scuba diving precocious successful a cove disconnected the seashore of Haifa, Israel, erstwhile a funny entity successful the seabed caught his eye. Katzin pulled the shell-encrusted relic from the soil and held it earlier his GoPro camera. In his hand, helium held a sword archeologists judge to beryllium astir 900 years old.

Katzin reported the find to the Israel Antiquities Authority, which examined the find and believes it to person belonged to a knight from the Crusades. 

"The robust sword has been preserved successful cleanable information and is simply a beauteous and uncommon find," Nir Distelfeld, inspector for the IAA's Robbery Prevention Unit, said successful a Facebook post. "It evidently belonged to a Crusader knight." 

The sword measures 4 feet agelong and weighs successful astatine implicit 4 pounds -- of course, that's with each the marine organisms that person travel to telephone the leaf and hilt location for the past 9 centuries. It whitethorn person been unearthed during a caller tempest that shifted the soil that hid it for centuries.

Katzin besides discovered past stone, metallic anchors and pottery fragments disconnected the coast. The New York Times reports Katzin declined an interrogation request due to the fact that helium "did not privation the find to beryllium astir him."

The manager of the IAA's marine archaeology unit, Kobi Sharvit, noted the relics amusement this portion apt "served arsenic a small, impermanent earthy anchorage for ships seeking shelter" and demonstrates the cove was utilized during the Crusades.

The Crusades were a bid of spiritual wars initiated and supported by the Roman Catholic Church. Some of the astir good known wars were fought betwixt the 11th and 13th centuries, erstwhile crusaders invaded the Holy Land, a portion which corresponds to modern time Palestine and Israel.

The sword volition beryllium enactment connected show for the nationalist erstwhile it has been cleaned, restored and researched by the IAA. 

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