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Scuba diver stumbles on 900-year-old Crusader sword off Israel coast


October 29, 2021

Anastasia Shapiro/Israel Antiquities Authority

Nir Distelfeld, an inspector for the Israel Antiquities Authority, with the Crusader sword, Oct. 18, 2021.

(Israel21C via JNS) - If there's proof that you can't go anywhere in Israel without stumbling on some kind of ancient artifact, it's got to be the news this morning that a scuba diver has discovered an ancient Crusader sword on the sea bed off the Carmel coast in the north of the country.

Atlit resident Shlomi Katzin was diving off the coast at the beach in Carmel on Saturday when he spotted ancient artifacts lying on the sea bed, uncovered apparently by shifting sands.

Katzin saw ancient stone anchors, anchors made of metal pottery fragments and a sword with a meter-long (3.3 foot) blade a...

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