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In 1997 the latest in a series of international amber conferences took place at the Gdansk Archaeological Museum, as one of many special events marking the city's millennium. The wealth and diversity of the presented research results far outweighed expectations and proved to be of great interest to the attending delegates, who represented a broad range of disciplines. The sudden surge of new developments in amber studies, which began in the 1970s, was repeated in the early 1990s, when research workers were granted access to amber deposits in Sambia. During the Russian communist era the Sambian peninsula was strictly out of bounds to foreign scientists, whilst literature relating to it was only available in Russian and, hence, read almost exclusively in Eastern Bloc countries. The papers published in this volume cover a wide variety of topics. Deposits in Sambia and Ukraine are given comprehensive coverage, whilst earlier debate about the origins and age of Bitterfeld deposits is resumed. The latest results of research into Palaeogene amber-bearing sediments in southern Poland are also feature in this publication. Articles about scale insects in Cretaceous amber and a new species of Heteroptera are accompanied by communiqués about two unique finds: a lizard in Baltic amber and mammalian ichnites. Of interest to comparative analyses is a study on the capture of modern plant inclusions in resin. Archaeology is also well represented in these post-conference proceedings. Papers include evidence not only from Poland, but also from Latvia and Slovakia. The use of amber by Roman period societies in Poland's Kuiavia region is dealt with, the results of a long-standing Italian-Polish collaborative project are presented, and a progress report is given on the production of an up-to-date catalogue of Neolithic amber artefacts from the former collection of the Albert University in Königsberg.
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Book Description The Gdansk Archaeological Museum & Museum of the Earth, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Ovversized hardcover, 2.5lb, primarily in English, 285pp, 175 figures & 21 tables, glossy paper, NOT ex-library. Clean and bright copy with firm binding and unmarked text, free of stamps and inscriptions. Limited gentle signs of internal wear. Clean and bright outer page edges. Boards show signs of regular shelfwear, small indentations along the spine, a scratch on rear panel. Published without a dust jacket. -- This volume covers a wide variety of topics, including the deposits in Sambia and Ukraine, the origins and age of Bitterfeld deposits, latest results of research into Palaeogene amber-bearing sediments in southern Poland, scale insects in Cretaceous amber and a new species of Heteroptera, new unique finds (a lizard in Baltic amber and mammalian ichnites), the use of amber by Roman period societies in Kuiavia region. Of interest to comparative analyses is a study on the capture of modern plant inclusions in resin. Archaeology is also well represented in these post-conference proceedings. Papers include evidence from Poland, Latvia and Slovakia. - Contents: -- Amber Deposits -- Naturwissenschaftliche Forschungen über Bernstein in Polen; Eocene Palaeogeography & Sedimentation in the Baltic Deep & Adjoning Areas; Criteria for the Recognition of the Prussian Suite (Formation) & Prussian Horizon; Das geologische Alter der bernsteinführenden Sedimente in Sambia (Bezirk Kaliningrad), bei Bitterfeld (Sachsen/Anhalt) und bei Helmstedt (SE-Niedersachsen); Amber in the Northern Lublin Region: Origin & Occurrence; Geologie & Mineralogie des Bernsteins von Klessow, Ukraine -- Animal & Plant Inclusions in Amber -- Palaeoentomology in Poland; Scale Insects (Homoptera, Coccinea) in Cretaceous Amber; Rare Animal Inclusions in Baltic Amber; A Lizard Found in Baltic Amber; A New Example of Heteroptera (Miridae) from Baltic Amber; Mammalian Ichnites in Amber; Die Eidechse Nucras succinea Boulenger der ehem: Königsberger Bernsteinsammlung; Some Regularities of the Capture of Plant Remains in Natural Resins; -- Amber in the Archaeological Record -- Late Palaeolithic Amber in Northern Europe; Bernsteinfunde im Karpatenbecken; Amber in Ancient Egypt; Exploitation & Working of Amber During the Late Neolithic Period in the Zulawy Region; Processing of Amber During the Middle Neolithic in Latvia; Die neolithischen Bernsteinarktefakte der Bernstein sammlung der ehemaligen Albertus-Universität zu Königsberg i. Pr.; Late Bronze Age & Early Iron Age Amber Finds From the Catchment Areas of the Rivers Oder & Vistula; Amber in the Material Culture of the Communities of the Region of Kuiavia During the Roman Period; A Thousand Years of Amber-Craft in Gdansk; Amber-Workers of the 4th & 5th Centuries AD from Swilcza Near Rzeszow; Amber as a Subject of Archaeological Research: The Experiences of Polish-Italian Collaboration; Amberweb: A Project for an Internet Centre on Amber Artefacts: The Logical Structure of the Data-Bank & Implementation of New Data in the Archaeological Sector -- Physico-Chemical Analysis of Fossil Resins -- Investigations Into Amber from Deposits in Poland Using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PASCA); Application of Analytical Pyrolysis to the Examination of Amber Objects from the Ethnographic Collections of the Israel Museum; Gas Inclusions in Baltic Amber; Fossil Resins from Austria: Biomarkers Detected in Rosthornite (Eocene, Carinthia), Koflachite (Miocene, Styria) & a Resin From the Lower Cretaceous of Salzburg; Beckerit aus dem Tagebau Goitsche bei Bitterfeld (Sachsen-Anhalt, Deutschland); Cedarite & Other Fossil Resins in Canada; Reste der Bernsteinsammlung Otto Helm im Nachlass von Heinrich Wienhaus -- Amber Processing -- Peasant Gold: Amber Jewellery in Folk Culture; Production of Jewellery, Artistic and Fancy Goods at the Kaliningrad Amber Factory (1945-1996); Sicilian Amber; Gdansk's Amber-Workers, Workshops & the Management of Amber Resources in the 20th Century. Seller Inventory # 003085