Israeli archeologists recently unearthed four 1,900-year-old swords in the Judean Desert Nature Reserve, according to a news release.
The team responsible for the discovery relayed their findings to the Israel Antiquities Authority, which is orchestrating a survey of the Judean Desert caves in an attempt to save artifacts from looters.
The location and concealment of the swords “hints that the weapons were taken as booty from Roman soldiers or from the battlefield, and purposely hidden by the Judean rebels for reuse,” according to Eitan Klein, a director of the Judean Desert Survey Project.
The well-preserved swords were found in their wooden and leather scabbards, alongside a javelin.
“The discovery of these swords within a cave, where a Hebrew inscription dating back to the time of the Temple was previously found, serves as further evidence of the enduring tradition of the people of Israel, emphasizing the significance of both the written word and the sword, symbolizing both our spiritual and physical heritage,” said Rabbi Amichai Eliyahu, the Israeli Minister of Heritage.