A diver has found a trove of Crusader-period artifacts off the coast of Israel, which includes a 900-year-old sword.
Live Science citing a statement from the Israel Antiquities Authority, said on Oct. 18 that scuba diver Shlomi Katzin emerged from the Mediterranean Sea with a large sword in hand.
The medieval sword is believed to be made of iron and “encrusted with marine organisms.”
The blade is more than 3.3 feet (1 meter) long, with a hilt measuring an additional 1 foot (30 centimeters) in length.
“The sword, which has been preserved in perfect condition, is a beautiful and rare find and evidently belonged to a Crusader knight,” Nir Distelfeld, Inspector for the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Robbery Prevention Unit, said in the statement cited by Live Science.
“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 inspector said.
The diver also discovered an assortment of stone and metal anchors and fragments of pottery near the site of the sword.
With the constant movement of water and sand throughout the Mediterranean, these discoveries apparently come down to luck.
The sword will go on public display following a thorough study, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.
The region’s bloody Crusader period lasted from roughly 1095 to 1291. During that time, many European knights traveled to the Holy Land on a church-sanctioned quest to reclaim the area from Muslim rulers.
Grisly archaeological finds from the period are regularly uncovered throughout the Middle East, according to Live Science.