Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 6 February 2010

The Ramsgate Amber hunt




Today's low water was just before mid day and following on from the exceptional low tides we have been experiencing all week, this morning's low tide was no a bad one either for a mid day low. The mission for today was to look for Amber between the groynes at the Western Undercliff, Ramsgate, plus takes a few notes and photographs for future surveying.It did take too long to find a suitable patch to find Amber, it was just a case looking for a patch of fine sea coal mixed with small pieces of weed close to the rocks and that was not a problem.
The Western undercliff is not the sort of spot were big pieces of Amber can be found as most pieces found in that area tend to be a bead size or slightly larger, which to find amongst the sea coal and weed requires a great deal of concentration.
Anybody who has visited the Dover museum may recall the small pieces of Amber beads found in the Saxon graves in the area . Then this will give an idea of the size and the colour of the Amber as it is exactly the same in colour with the same Baltic origins as the Ramsgate pieces of Amber. Pictured are the five small pieces I found today and the ten pence piece gives an idea of the scale.
As the pieces were small I could not do the static test or the hot needle test. So I tested them by mixing two table spoons of salt in a mug with water. If the pieces are Amber they will float, this resulted in five pieces floating and two sinking which turned out to be plastic.

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