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How Amber was Collected

While some people were fishing for food or pearls, others were in search of the gold of the north. People did fish for amber in the past

The sea is the oldest known source for amber

Prehistoric people picked up amber from the Baltic shore, when strong storms and winds brought the material up from amber-bearing strata under the sea

  • Sea amber or scoopstone has provided a livelihood for coast-dwellers for many centuries

  • Amber was named scoopstone because of the nets used to gather it from the seaweed. These poles and nets, called "amber-catchers"

  • In marshy regions or areas where the tides were unpredictable, amber was collected on horseback. These collectors were called "amber riders"

  • The divers carried a wooden spade to loosen the amber from the sea floor. Fishermen would lay over the side of the boat, rake the bottom and then catch the dislodged lumps of amber in nets. Amber was recovered and this method was referred to as "amber poking"

  • Many of the mines were open-pit operations where the blue earth was scooped onto conveyers to rail cars. This is called Pit Minning
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