Synopsis

The collections of the Department of Natural Sciences, National Museums Scotland, at present hold around 130 specimens of amber, the earliest acquired in 1832. Mainly from the Baltic area and Mexico, they also include examples from Italy, Africa, Japan and New Zealand. Recently a number have been added, originating from Lithuania, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, which contain notable arthropod and plant inclusions. Successful photography of inclusions requires special techniques, some of which are similar to those used in photographing minerals and gems. These methods need not involve radical pre-treatment and can achieve good image quality while minimizing potential damage to the material.

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