Dzintars. Ziemeļu zelts. Amber: Gold of the North


On the 8th of July at 6 p.m., the Pauls Stradiņš Museum for History of Medicine, which currently hosts a major exhibition about amber, will hold an event titled “Dzintars. Ziemeļu zelts. Amber: Gold of the North”, organised by the publishing house “Pētergailis” in collaboration with “Riga 2014”, presenting the book “The Ancient Amber Routes. Travels from Riga to Byzantium”. The author of the book, the University of Cambridge Professor Dr. Māra Kalniņš will participate in the event, as well as the winners of the 7th World Choir Games, the vocal ensemble “Latvian Voices”.

Thematic division: Amber Vein

Begins : 08.07.2014 15:00


  • P. Stradiņš Museum for History of Medicine

Form of event:

  • Presentation
  • Discussion / Lecture
  • Event

Category of event:

  • Literature
  • Education
  • Science
  • History

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

The book presents a compilation of the Latvia-born University of Cambridge Professor Māra Kalniņš studies on Baltic amber trade routes and her impressions of visiting places where amber from the Baltic region has been found. The book takes the reader on a journey along the routes by which amber travelled from the Baltic Sea to Western Europe and Mediterranean countries in ancient times. The author writes about her impressions of visiting places described in ancient chronicles and studying amber exhibits in museums. The book also looks into communication and co-operation networks that played a very important cross-cultural role for long periods in history. In the present-day context, the book, based on historic experience, offers a new concept of the opportunities within the cultural, trade and social communication networks between Riga and Europe. The book, written as a series of travel journals, also provides information about the most beautiful locations in Latvia, including in Riga. The book has been published in English and Latvian, there is also an audio version of the book in CD format. The book is available at

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