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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Germans to Begin Dig for Amber Room

KLAIPEDA, Lithuania -- German treasurer-hunters Friday plan to begin digging Friday at a site they believe could hold Russian Tsar Peter the Great's Amber Room panels, stolen by the Nazis in World War II, the Baltic News Service reported.

The expedition, funded by the German television company NDR, this month detected a large amount of metal buried in a lagoon near Preila, on the coast of Lithuania. They were searching the area because a wartime resident had said he saw German

soldiers burying mysterious boxes there.

Nazi troops took the 50 square meters of intricately carved amber during the siege of Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Germany has contended the panels were destroyed during the Soviet bombing of K?nigsberg, which is now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Others claim the Nazis buried the treasure.

The treasure-seekers will be aided by a Lithuanian mine-sweeping squad, which will make sure the unknown objects are not explosives.