From the first historical reference on the people of the Estii (people of the East) who lived along the shores of the Baltic Sea, we will focus on the protagonists of the processing and trade of Amber, that is, the fossil resin whose trade in the Baltic territory began in the Neolithic.
Starting from some individual pieces of amber found in Egyptian tombs (3400-2400 BC), and some objects from the Baltic area dating back to the period 1600-800 BC, attention will be paid to the role of great importance in the sorting and processing process. amber from the shores of the Baltic covered by paleoveneti, (1000 BC), from the Po area (Polesine). Also of interest is the trade of the product with the lands of the Germanic populations which was intense and developed in the Roman period, from the 1st to the 3rd century CE . It was in that period that the famous “Via dell’ambra” was born – a trade route that connected the lands of the barbaric populations with the Roman Empire. At the end of the third century. the roads extended to the east and this allowed the Baltic peoples to reach the Black Sea and come into contact with the Byzantine Empire and the Arab lands. In the twelfth century, the Teutonic order began to monopolize the extraction and trade of amber.
Project: 9. Travels and travelers: economic, social and cultural connections.
Chronology: From antiquity to the actuality
Scope: Primary, Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Image
Source: wikipedia, vedi documento
Language: Italian and English
Date: XIII - XX CE
Owner: Beatrice Borghi (Modernalia)
Abstract: The ancient route along which the trade and transfer of amber took place.