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Amber in Antiquity
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Amber in Antiquity

Amber, the fossilised resin of trees, was used throughout the ancient world for jewellery and decorative objects. The main source was the Baltic region where amber, known to mineralogists as succinite, was washed up onto beaches and easily...
Etruscan Amber Figurine
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Etruscan Amber Figurine

A figurine of a woman holding a child. Amber, 5th century BCE, Etruscan. Height: 6.3 cm. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Roman Amber Perfume-pot
Image by The British Museum

Roman Amber Perfume-pot

A perfume-pot made from amber and depicting cupids and a panther. Roman, Aquileia, 100-120 CE. (British Museum, London)
Egyptian Amber Ring
Image by The British Museum

Egyptian Amber Ring

A finger ring made from amber. Egypt, New Kingdom Period. (British Museum, London)
Roman Amber Dice
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Roman Amber Dice

A Roman dice made from amber. 1st-2nd century CE. From Aquileia, central Italy. (British Museum, London)
Archaic Greek Amber Necklace
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Archaic Greek Amber Necklace

An amber necklace from Archaic Greece, 600-480 BCE. Potidaea, ancient Macedon. (British Museum, London)
Levantine Amber Glass Wine Cup
Image by Allard Pierson Museum

Levantine Amber Glass Wine Cup

This beautiful amber-colored glass wine cup (diam. ca. 15 cm), with its fine horizontal grain on the edge, is an early example of moulded glass produce from the Levant (ca. 100 BCE - 100 CE; APM inv. no. 14.023). It had to be placed in a...
Trade in Ancient Celtic Europe
Article by Mark Cartwright

Trade in Ancient Celtic Europe

Trade in raw materials and manufactured goods in ancient Celtic Europe was vibrant and far-reaching, particularly regarding the centre of the continent where there was a hub of well-established trade routes. As the Celts' territory expanded...
Aquileia
Definition by Donald L. Wasson

Aquileia

The ancient city of Aquileia was situated near the head of the Adriatic Sea west of the Roman province of Illyria. The strategic location of the city served a crucial role in the expansion of the Roman Republic by serving as a buffer against...
Merovingian Amber Necklace
Image by James Blake Wiener

Merovingian Amber Necklace

This necklace made from amber was found in a Merovingian tomb located in Sint-Gillis-bij-Dendermonde, Belgium. It dates from the second half of the 5th century to the early 6th century CE. (Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels)
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