628 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour & b/w maps, tables
Human Colonization of the Arctic: The Interaction Between Early Migration and the Paleoenvironment explores the relationship between humans and the environment during this early time of colonization, utilizing analytical methods from both the social and natural sciences to develop a unique, interdisciplinary approach that gives the reader a much broader understanding of the interrelationship between humanity and the environment. As colonization of the polar region was intermittent and irregular, based on how early humans interacted with the land, Human Colonization of the Arctic provides a glance into how humans developed new ways to make the region more habitable.
Human Colonization of the Arctic applies not only to the physical continents but also the arctic waters. This is how humans succeeded in crossing the Bering Strait and water area between Canadian Arctic Islands. About 4500 years ago, humans reached the northern extremity of Greenland and were able to live through the months of polar nights by both adapting to, and making, changes in their environment.
PART 1 REGIONS OF INITIAL COLONIZATION
1. European North
2. Siberian North
3. Beringia (North-East of Asia, Alaska, Yukon)
4. Canadian North, Greenland, Iceland
PART 2 SPECIFIC FEATURES OF THE INITIAL COLONIZATION
7. Expansion of the oecumene northwards and paleodiet tradition on the Paleolithic humans in Eurasia: Neanderthals and Modern Humans
8. Mesolithic population in the north of Eastern Europe
9. Way to North: anthropological evidence of adaptive abilities of the first inhabitants in the High Latitudes
10. Genetic data on the colonization of the High Latitudes
11. Stages of initial human colonization of Arctic and Subarctic
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Dr Kotlyakov is a world-leading glaciologist, investigator of both Arctic and Antarctic regions. He is one of the early researchers to substantiate the relationship between human activity and climate change. In fact, V.M. Kotlyakov is a laureate of Nobel Peace Prize given in 2007 to the Intergovernmental Group of Experts for Climate Problem.
The late Dr Velichko was one of the top specialists in palaeogeography, known for his works on the history of Man and Nature interaction. He was the first chair and founded he IGU Commission for Environment Evolution. At the time of his death, he was the head of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Geography, within the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences. He was renowned for his work in Late Cenozoic palaeoclimatology and palaeoecology of Early Man, as well as his expertise in the analysis of the environment and climate evolution.
Dr Vasil'ev is a Professor with the Institute for the History of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a foremost archaeologist whose studies are centred on the Early Man colonization of the middle and high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.