A sword believed to be from the Knights Templar has been found in Northern Ireland

A sword called the Black Knight’s Crosslice, believed to have been left by knights in 9th century British fortress at Ballymena, has been found during an archaeological excavation by a British diver. William Rennie,…

A sword believed to be from the Knights Templar has been found in Northern Ireland

A sword called the Black Knight’s Crosslice, believed to have been left by knights in 9th century British fortress at Ballymena, has been found during an archaeological excavation by a British diver.

William Rennie, of the Royal Navy, found the sword while he was diving for hundreds of thousands of sea shells during an annual military exercise involving a Royal Navy submarine, Irish Navy submarine and a British Royal Marines diving unit.

Black Knight’s Crosslice on a surface; click for larger version.

The sword, which is bone, was brought up with “ample evidence of roughness and not-so-faint signs of wear,” according to a Royal Navy press release. It was marked as having been given to one commander of the Knights Templar, a medieval Catholic warrior order from Spain who defended Catholic Ireland during the Middle Ages.

“There is still much work to be done in this area to improve our understanding of the relationships and culture of Royal Marine diver operations,” Captain Dan Hudson, Commanding Officer, said in the release. “What makes this find even more special is that it connects us back to our historic and recent ancestors.”

Rennie had carried the sword with him throughout the day.

“It is this type of story which continues to capture my interest and is part of the reason I decided to join the Royal Navy,” he said.

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