A scuba diver from Israel grabbed an ancient sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast. Experts who examined the sword believe it dates back to the Crusaders. On Monday, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said the divers’ total haul included anchors, pottery, and the metre-long sword.
The diver made the discovery roughly 150 metres off of the coast and in only 5-metre-deep water. Some experts say that area may have provided shelter for ancient ships and may hold a lot of archaeological treasures. However, it is difficult to make these discoveries because the sand is always shifting and hiding objects.
Authorities said the man took the sword ashore and delivered it to the government in fear his discovery might be buried. Nir Distlefield, an inspector in the authority’s robbery prevention unit said “It was found encrusted with marine organisms, but apparently made of iron… It is exciting to encounter such a personal object, taking you 900 years back in time to a different era, with knights, armour and swords.:
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