German explorers seek the Czars' Amber Room in Wuppertal

(AGI) London, March 4 - A group of German Indiana Jones typesis digging in Wuppertal, a little town in the Rhine-Westphaliaregion near Dusseldorf, to find the priceless treasure lootedby Nazi troops in Russia: the world-renowned Amber Room of theCzars, which was dismantled in 1943 from Peter the Great'sTsarskoye Selo Palace, near St. Petersburg. The Room wasdonated to the Czars of Russia by Frederick William I, King ofPrussia. The news was released, with a photo of thetreasure hunters at work, by the British newspaper Daily Mail. The Amber Room is a masterpiece of

(AGI) London, March 4 - A group of German Indiana Jones typesis digging in Wuppertal, a little town in the Rhine-Westphaliaregion near Dusseldorf, to find the priceless treasure lootedby Nazi troops in Russia: the world-renowned Amber Room of theCzars, which was dismantled in 1943 from Peter the Great'sTsarskoye Selo Palace, near St. Petersburg. The Room wasdonated to the Czars of Russia by Frederick William I, King ofPrussia. The news was released, with a photo of thetreasure hunters at work, by the British newspaper Daily Mail. The Amber Room is a masterpiece of Baroque art, with floorand walls entirely lined with six tons of amber, which wasprocessed into panels over a decade and which would now beworth over 340 million euros. The walls made with theprecious translucent fossil resin were dismantled and packed in27 crates and sent to Germany, where they were thought to havebeen lost. The substance was made famous by the film JurassicPark, in which dinosaurs were brought back to life thanks tothe blood of a mosquito trapped in a block of amber.Archaeologists are now searching in Wuppertal, which risesabove a closely-knit network of underground tunnels and bunkersexcavated by the Nazis. The Room is thought to have been takenthere from Koenigsberg in 1945, only a few months after the endof World War II. Today Koenigsberg is a Russian enclave on theBaltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania. (AGI). .