Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Crusader Sword Off Coast of Israel

A diver in Israel has discovered a rare 900-year-old Crusader sword among a collection of ancient artifacts. This massive weapon, that was once welded by a legendary Crusader knight, was found not on a historic battlefield, as those discovered to date usually are, but underwater on the seabed near a popular tourist resort in Israel. Having been lost on the seafloor for almost 1,000 years, the iconic weapon was discovered encrusted with mollusks. Nevertheless, Nir Distelfeld, an inspector for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), said in a statement that the “Crusader sword is in perfect condition.” The Crusader sword was discovered underwater off the coast of Israel. (Shlomi Katzin / Israel Antiquities Authority) Read moreSection: NewsHistory & ArchaeologyRead Later 

Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Crusader Sword Off Coast of Israel
The crusader sword was found encrusted with mollusks off the coast of Israel. Source: Shlomi Katzin / Israel Antiquities Authority

A diver in Israel has discovered a rare 900-year-old Crusader sword among a collection of ancient artifacts. This massive weapon, that was once welded by a legendary Crusader knight, was found not on a historic battlefield, as those discovered to date usually are, but underwater on the seabed near a popular tourist resort in Israel.

Having been lost on the seafloor for almost 1,000 years, the iconic weapon was discovered encrusted with mollusks. Nevertheless, Nir Distelfeld, an inspector for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), said in a statement that the “Crusader sword is in perfect condition.”

The Crusader sword was discovered underwater off the coast of Israel. (Shlomi Katzin / Israel Antiquities Authority)

The Crusader sword was discovered underwater off the coast of Israel. (Shlomi Katzin / Israel Antiquities Authority)