The Amber Road: Ancient Trade Route through Europe with Dr. Nina Wieda

The Amber Road: Ancient Trade Route through Europe with Dr. Nina Wieda


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Among emeralds and rubies, Tutankhamun’s crown features a magnificent piece of amber, which science recently confirmed as originating from the Baltic Sea. This discovery proves that a trade route once connected the Baltic Sea coast to southern lands as far away as Egypt. Scholars jokingly refer to this Amber Road as "the Silk Road's older sister."

Newly unveiled research on the Amber Road reveals the ancient world as a lot more interconnected than scholars originally imagined.  Baltic islanders and coastal peoples retained their cultural identity and their pagan beliefs until the 13th century CE, but they had traded with the Mediterranean empires for millennia prior to that.

Our conversation will take learners along this ancient trading route from the Baltic shores to Venice and Sicily, illuminating some of history’s dramatic moments involving amber - the gold of the north. Among them is the mystery of the 6-ton Amber Room from Catherine’s Palace in Russia, dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world" (pictured at left).

Led by an expert on Eastern Europe, Nina Wieda, this Conversation will introduce participants to the ancient mysteries of the Amber Road Trade Route. Designed to inspire curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the region’s spectacular history.

To learn more about the history and culture of Eurasia with Dr. Wieda, please click here. 

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University. Nina also has experience in journalism, advertising, and consumer research – her writing has been published in three languages. She wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. Dr. Wieda currently teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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D.B. (Cheyenne, US)
The Amber Route

Unfortunately I missed most of the talk, so I am very much looking forward to the video recording. What I did hear was wonderfully researched and presented, as always with Nina! But now I will not be able to ask her further questions…

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H.M. (San Rafael, US)
So Happy to learn about The Amber Road

Although I am very familiar with the Silk Road, I had never heard of the Amber Road. Dr. Wieda gave a presentation that was marvelous in answering What and Where and How? Starting with the question about whether or not amber had been in Egypt? What a way to hook us in.

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L. (Nokesville, US)
Great presentation on new to me topic

It’s not often that I have the pleasure of learning something new, and this presentation on the Amber Road was well researched and presented. So much so that I’ve already signed up for her 3 part course on the Baltic States.

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D.B. (Cheyenne, US)
The Amber Route

Unfortunately I missed most of the talk, so I am very much looking forward to the video recording. What I did hear was wonderfully researched and presented, as always with Nina! But now I will not be able to ask her further questions…

H
H.M. (San Rafael, US)
So Happy to learn about The Amber Road

Although I am very familiar with the Silk Road, I had never heard of the Amber Road. Dr. Wieda gave a presentation that was marvelous in answering What and Where and How? Starting with the question about whether or not amber had been in Egypt? What a way to hook us in.

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L. (Nokesville, US)
Great presentation on new to me topic

It’s not often that I have the pleasure of learning something new, and this presentation on the Amber Road was well researched and presented. So much so that I’ve already signed up for her 3 part course on the Baltic States.