An Israeli scuba diver has discovered a sword that is believed to date back to the Crusades. Shlomi Katzin discovered the 3-meter sword while diving in a cove near the port city of Haifa, Israel. As this sword has been sitting in the saltwater for approximately 900-years, it is encased in shells and marine organisms that will need to be cleaned off.
More information could be revealed after the sword is cleaned. There may be clues such as an engraved name or some element of its construction that provide more information regarding its origin and owner. Given the shape, it is currently believed to have belonged to a European knight.
The Crusades were a series of religious wars that took place between 1095 and 1291 AD. European knights were sent to the middle east, sometimes at the direction of the Pope, to recover the “Holy Land” from Islamic so-called “occupiers”. The location of the discovery of this sword checks out. Many European knights sailed to Haifa to embark on these holy wars.