900yr-old ‘crusader’ sword found
Published: 02:47 PM, 19 October 2021
A 900-year-old sword believed to belong to a crusader knight was found on the northern coast of Israel.
BBC reports that the “crusader” sword, one meter (3.3ft) in size, was discovered by a diver named Shlomi Katzin. He later handed over the sword to the authorities.
According to Israel Antiques Authority (IAA), the sword was encrusted with marine organisms and resurfaced after the shifting of sands. The sword will be analyzed and will put on public display after cleaning.
Nir Distelfeld, Robbery Prevention Unit Inspector of IAA, said the swod has been preserved in perfect condition. “It’s a rare find and evidently belonged to a crusader knight,” he told the media.
“It is exciting to encounter such a personal object, taking you 900 years back in time to a different era, with knights, armor and swords,” Nir Distelfeld added.
IAA’s Marine Archaeology Unit chief Kobi Sharvit said the Carmel coast where the blade was found provided shelter for ships during storms throughout the century. “These conditions attracted the merchant ships for ages, leaving behind rich archaeological finds,” he mentioned.
It is noted that the religious wars in the medieval age known as the Crusades and the knights fought in these battles are called the Crusaders. These wars were usually instigated by Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period.