Amber Antiques & Treasure Trove

Amber with encapsulated animals, most often insects or plant pieces: This considered “Treasure Trove”. The finder should, therefore, have the amber Treasure Trove registered by the local museum. Only rarely the findings are confiscated to be included in the national collection, in stead of that the museum will pay the finder a fine Treasure Trove compensation including the amber value of the weight.

Amber pendant with dot decoration of the stone age of 1998 Blåvand

The use of amber for jewelry began at the same time as the reindeer hunters colonized South Scandinavia by the end of the Ice Age. From the Hamburg culture a disc with a drilled hole has been found in the settlement Meindorf by Hamburg. Oblong, lumpy pendants, often with drilled or scratched ornamentation have been found in the settlements Maglemose- and Ærtebølle 9000 – 4000 years BC.

In later cultural periods such as Bronze Age, Iron Age and Viking Age amber has also been used to a considerable extent for applied art and jewelry.

During the last years various examples of washed-up, processed amber have been found on the coast between Skallingen in the South and up til Nymindegab in the North: Amber figurines, amber pearls, amber jewelry, amber buttons and other things such as dices. All these processed units are in general named Treasure Trove, and must be registered as such at at the local museum so that these units can contribute to illustrate former cultures' use of amber for various purposes.

In Varde Municipality the registration of Treasure Trove is made by Varde Museum Administration, Lundvej 4, DK-6800 Varde – Phone No. 75 22 08 77 (Monday – Friday 09:00-15:00).

Supplementing information by
historian & natureguide Gert Ravn
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