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Amber – the gold of the North

Finds of amber show that connections did not just flow from the south to the north. The amber that circulated amongst Europe’s peoples in the Bronze Age came from the areas around the Baltic or from the North Sea coast of Jutland. The 3.3 kg of unworked amber from Understed in northern Jutland, together with finds from settlements in Thy, suggest where the amber originated. The Scandinavian amber reached as far as Greece. Amber jewellery has been found in royal graves at Mycenae and Pylos, dating to c. 1600 BC. Here amber was a beautiful and exotic gift, that accompanied only the wealthiest people in their graves.

Amber - the gold of the North
Amber jewellery from a grave at Mycenae, Greece. Dating to around 1500-1600 BC.
Amber - the gold of the North
At Understed in northern Jutland a pottery vessel with 3.3 kg of unworked amber and two neck rings of bronze have been found. The treasure was deposited around 1400 BC.
Amber - the gold of the North

The sun-holder is made of bronze and amber. It comes from Denmark but unfortunately it's find place is unknown. When held up against the light, a sun cross appears in the middle of the amber disc. The sun was an important element in Bronze Age religion.