Israeli Scuba Diver Discovers Ancient Crusader Sword

An Israeli scuba diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country's Mediterranean coast that experts say dates back to the Crusaders.

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Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority, holds a meter-long (yard-long) sword, that experts say dates back to the Crusaders, in the Mediterranean seaport of Cesarea, Israel, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. The Authority said Monday a scuba diver was on a weekend dive in northern Israel when he spotted a trove of ancient artifacts that included anchors, pottery and the sword. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli scuba diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast that experts say dates back to the Crusaders. Israel’s Antiquities Authority said Monday the man was on a weekend dive in northern Israel when he spotted a trove of ancient artifacts that included anchors, pottery and a meter-long (yard-long) sword. The diver was about 150 meters (170 yards) off the coast in five-meter-deep (5.5-yard-deep) water when he made…

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