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"Amber is fossilized pine..." Latvia Favorite Tip by vairab

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Favorite thing: Amber is fossilized pine resin. Baltic amber is around 30 - 40 million years old. Deposits are located both on the shore and on the seabed, and during storms amber is often washed up on the beaches of Latvia and Lithuania.

Baltic amber was one of the most important products that first stimulated the antique world to show interest in Northern and Eastern Europe. Intensive trade of amber with the Roman Empire in the first to third centuries led to the establishment of the 'amber road', a trading route along which amber, or 'northern gold', as well as other products, moved.
The Latvian Museum of Natural History has the largest collection of amber in Latvia. The collection has grown throughout the history of the Museum, and is still growing today. Currently it contains around 500 pieces, which includes amber of various types, colours and inclusions

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  • Written Sep 3, 2002
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