Keys to the Past

Glossary

Amber

A liquid from trees that has been fossilised over time to become hard. It has been used to make small items, such as beads. A major source of amber is the Baltic. It has been used in the region since the Bronze Age - beads from Simonside and Old Bewick, (both Northumberland) - onwards, especially in the Anglo-Saxon period. It was thought to bring good luck.

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