Resin from Tertiary conifers, found mainly on the Baltic coast. In prehistoric times, jewellery, cultic objects and also gaming pieces were made of amber.
Amber was traded over vast distances, cf. "amber routes".
Neolithic amber pendant

Fig.: Neolithic amber pendant from the bog settlement Hüde I on the Dümmer
(from: der niedersächs. Minister für Wissenschaft und Kunst: Dokumentation zur Archäologie Niedersachsens in Denkmalpflege und Forschung, Hannover 1975)

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