Amateur Diver Finds Encrusted Sword From the Crusades Believed to Be 900 Years Old off Coast of Israel

By Reuters
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October 21, 2021 Updated: October 25, 2021

A sword believed to have belonged to a crusader who sailed to the Holy Land almost a millennium ago has been recovered from the Mediterranean seabed, thanks to an eagle-eyed amateur diver, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Monday, Oct. 18.

Though encrusted with marine organisms, the meter-long blade, hilt, and handle were distinctive enough to notice after undercurrents apparently shifted sands that had concealed it.

“Actually it’s heavy. It’s heavy because of the stones that are glued to it and also because it’s iron sword and very big one,” Yaakov Sharvit of the IAA said. “There are others, bigger than this one, like what we call two-hands sword, but this is still very heavy.

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Yaakov Sharvit of the IAA holds a sword believed to have belonged to a crusader who sailed to the Holy Land almost a millennium ago. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
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The sword lays on the beach near where it was recovered from the Mediterranean seabed by an amateur diver. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

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“That means that the guy that held this sword and fight with it was very strong. I’m trying to imagine him on the field with all the armor on him and the sword and fighting with it.”

Sharvit added, “He should really be in good fitness, maybe they were bigger than us today but definitely stronger. And it’s amazing.”

The location where the artifact was found, a natural cove near the port city of Haifa, suggested it had served as a shelter for seafarers, said Kobi Sharvit, director of the authority’s marine archaeology unit.

“These conditions have attracted merchant ships down the ages, leaving behind rich archaeological finds,” he said.

The sword, believed to be around 900 years old, will be put on display after it has been cleaned and restored.

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The sword, believed to be approximately 900 years old, was found encrusted with marine organisms. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
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Detail of the sword believed to have once belonged to a crusader. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
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Yaakov Sharvit of the IAA holds the meter-long sword—its blade, hilt, and handle distinctive enough to notice after undercurrents apparently shifted sands that had concealed it.  (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.

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