Israeli diver discovers the old crusader value

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Israeli archaeologists say a diver has rescued an old sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast that experts say goes back to the Crusaders

JERUSALEM – An Israeli diver has rescued an ancient sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast that experts believe goes back to the Crusaders.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority said on Monday that the man was on a weekend dive in northern Israel when he discovered a crowd of ancient artifacts that included anchors, pottery and a meter-long (lap-long) sword.

The diver was about 150 meters (170 yards) off the coast in five meters deep (5.5 yards deep) water when he made the discovery.

Experts say the area provided protection for ancient ships and is home to many archaeological treasures, some dating back 4,000 years. But such discoveries can be elusive because of the ever-changing sands.

Fearing that his discovery could be buried, the diver took the sword ashore and delivered it to government experts, the authority said. The weapon is estimated to be 900 years old.

“It was found filled with marine organisms, but is apparently made of iron,” said Nir Distelfeld, an inspector in the agency’s robbery prevention unit. “It’s exciting to meet such a personal item that takes you 900 years back in time to another era, with knights, armor and swords.”

The sword will be cleaned and further analyzed, while the diver, identified as Shlomi Katzin, received a certificate of appreciation for good citizenship.

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