<menu id="qadkk"><object id="qadkk"></object></menu>

    <acronym id="qadkk"></acronym>
    <small id="qadkk"></small>
    <ol id="qadkk"></ol>

    <optgroup id="qadkk"></optgroup>

        1.  BuyDive Banner

          Israeli Scuba Diver Finds Centuries-Old Crusader Sword

          crusader sword title

          An Israeli scuba diver has retrieved a coral-encrusted iron sword, probably lost during the Crusades some 900 years ago, while diving off the coast of Haifa, Israel.

          Shlomi Katzin came across the sword while diving from Carmel Beach, an area used as a port of shelter for maritime traffic since around 2000 BC. the 1m-long sword with a 30cm hilt was probably uncovered by currents shifting sand along the sea bed.

          Not wanting to leave the sword in place for fear it might be lost or stolen, Katzin recovered it and brought it to the attention of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which confirmed the weapon had belonged to a Crusader knight.

          Inspector Nir Distelfeld of the IAA’s Robbery Prevention Unit said: 'The sword, which has been preserved in perfect condition, is a beautiful and rare find and evidently belonged to a Crusader knight.

          'It was found encrusted with marine organisms but is 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, armor and swords.'

          The ancient artefact is the latest in a series of find, a 'growing phenomenon in recent years due to the rise in activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving, according to Kobi Sharvit, director of the IAA’s marine archaeology unit.

          'The Carmel coast contains many natural coves that provided shelter for ancient ships in a storm, and larger coves around which entire settlements and ancient port cities developed,' said Sharvit. 'The recent discovery of the sword suggests that the natural cove was also used in the Crusader period, some 900 years ago.'

          The sword is currently undergoing treatment by the IAA's National Treasures Department, where it is to be preserved and put on public display.


          digital dive gif



          Love diving? You'll love these. Sign up today to immediately download our unique FREE gifts -

          AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WRECKS - DIVE's 70-page, beautifully illustrated, colour guide to the world’s best wrecks

          SCUBA STORIES - DIVE's collection f real life stories where divers, who have got themselves into perilous situations, describe how they reacted and what actions they took to ensure they lived to tell the tale

          PACIFICHighlights of the Pacific - Dancing mantas in Hawaii ? The Best Diving in the World, Galápagos, Cocos, Malpelo & Socorro ? Mass Spawning Events in Palau

           BuyDive Banner

          Right Module BF 2021 CR

          Sidebar SUBSCRIBE spring 21 large2

          Destinations Spotlight

          Need inspiration for your next dive trip? Try one of our featured destinations from DIVE's travel partners.

          sidebar philippines sidebar bahamas sidebar mexico sidebar fiji sidebar st helena 2020 Sidebar Egypt sidebar banner sabah sidebar banner belize sidebar banner south africa

          DIVE Partners

          sidebar banner egypt new ceningan divers ad 300x100 LH 300 min giphy subex Wakatobi Siladen Aggressor Fisheye Dive Worldwide gozo banner Arenui

          Read DIVE magazine

          DIVE magazine is available to read on many devices. Simply click one one of the options below

          PCMac final
          Apple finalAndroid final

          Like what you see?

          Join us on social and keep updated daily...