a diver found a 900-year-old sword dating back to the crusader period off the Carmel beach in the north of the country, along with various other artifacts, the Israel Antiques Authority said Monday.
Atlit resident Shlomi Katzin turned around over the weapon to the Israel Antiques Authority and received a certificate of good citizenship.
katzin found the sword during a Saturday dive in An area off the coast where waves and undercurrents had apparently shifted the sand, causing the itemthe IAI said: in a statement. Espionage stones and metal anchors, Katzin also noticed the sword that was inlaid with life in sea.
It has a one-meter blade and a 30 centimeter hilt.
“The Sword That Is Preserved” in perfect condition, is a beautiful and rare find and clearly belonged to a crusader knight,” said Nir Distelfeld, inspector for the IAI’s Hold-Up Prevention Unit. He estimated that it is likely made of iron.
Concerned that others might find the sword before IAA officials make a… chance to investigate in place, Katzin bought it ashore and took to the northern district of the robbery prevention unit office. The sword has been handed over over to the National Treasures Department, the statement said.
“Once the sword is cleaned and examined” in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority, we will ensure it is displayed on the public”, IAA general director said Eli Escosido.
The director of the Marine Archeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Kobi Sharvit, explained that the coast of the Carmel, with the many natural bays, die offered shelter for ships during storms through the ages of shipping activity along the coast.
“These conditions have attracted trading ships down the ages, abandoned behind rich archaeological finds,” he said. “The recently recovered sword is just one such a find.”
The place where the sword was found used to be first noticed in June and has since been audited by the IAA, as it includes: items of archaeological importance. discoveries show that it was already used as a natural anchorage 4,000 years ago and the sword indicates that it still was in use 900 years ago, the IAA said.
However, finds are elusive as they are revealed of covered over with the drifting sand on the seabed.
“Even the smallest storm moves the sand and reveal areas on the seabed, while burying others,” said Sharvit, noting that if the popularity” of leisure diving has grown in in recent years there has been an increase in finds.
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