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The Amber Route

another map

Who were the Hyperboreans of Herodotus?

The British say the British, and the Scandinavians say the Scandinavians, but Stonehenge has to get my vote as the most convincing hub of Hyperborea, which, to Herodotus, meant Farthest North (pace Nansen). Travellers and amber merchants from Greece presumably took the route up north, and then forked left or right when they reached Hamburg. They knew their way around and didn’t need Mercator’s projection.

Stonehenge in 1770

The Temple of Apollo

amber route map from

H.K.Lewis & Co.Ltd, London, 1940

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