Estonian Archaeologist Finds Natural Amber in Waters Off Saaremaa Island
Last week Mirja Ots, an archaeology doctoral student, saw with her own eyes that there is amber at Allirahu in the vicinity of the south coast of the Estonian island of Saaremaa, the newspaper Saarte Hääl reported.
"The amber is of very good quality," Mirja Ots told Saarte Hääl and admitted that she was satisfied with the results of his studies. She said that the pieces of amber were small, about 1 to 2 centimeters, but this was sufficient as material for study.
"In its natural environment, sea water, amber is preserved the best. In contact with atmospheric oxygen it starts to slowly but consistently darken and will eventually be covered with a dark crust." She added that this had been the appearance of several archaeological objects found from Saaremaa.
Ots said that Kihelkonna and Häädemeeste, the former on Saaremaa and later in Pärnu County, have been mentioned as deposits of amber.