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Archaeological Museum

Address: Mariacka 25

Jerzy Kamrowski The exhibition at the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk entitled Amber Through the Millennia shows not only the resins (succinites) biological structure, which was characteristic of the old Gdańsk collections, but also its presence in archaeological cultures. In the part of the exhibition dedicated to nature, we can see a reconstruction of the amber forest, from which amber originated, the diversity of natural forms in which it set and its multiple varieties. All this is complemented with samples of other fossil resins such as Romanian rumenite, Sicilian simetite, Burman burmite, Dominican amber and copal. The inclusion collection is on display as well: fragments of plants and small animals (ants, arachnids and dipterans from the Tertiary Period) trapped in amber.
The presentation of ambers role in culture begins with a fragment of an amber decorative piece from the time of the Hamburg Culture (ca. 11 - 10 thousand years BCE). The Mesolithic figurines, decorations and amulets exhibited nearby are only slightly younger (7 – 4.5 thousand years BCE). Neolithic artefacts (4500 - 2300/1800 BCE) are accompanied by the tools used to make them/ . Of course, there are plenty of cinerary face-urns, decorated with amber bead earrings, so characteristic of early Iron Age Pomeranian culture. Perhaps the most beautiful amber necklaces, sometimes complemented with glass beads, come from the period of Roman influence (ca. 25 - ca. 375 CE). The early Middle Ages are represented by an entire range of amber rings, necklaces, pendants, amulets (Thors hammers) and crosses. There is also a well-preserved fragment of a Medieval gimlet, used to drill holes in the beads. A special display case shows the importance of amber in medicine.
Amber artefacts made by contemporary artists, sometimes inspired by the centuries of Gdańsk amber craft, are an integral part of the exhibition.

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