Human Colonization of the Arctic: The Interaction Between Early Migration and the Paleoenvironment

Human Colonization of the Arctic: The Interaction Between Early Migration and the Paleoenvironment

1st Edition - September 11, 2017
  • Editors: V.M. Kotlyakov, A. A. Velichko, S. A. Vasil'ev
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128135334
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128135327

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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, this book provides a glance into how humans developed new ways to make the region more habitable. The book 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.

Key Features

  • Written by pioneering experts who understand the relationship between humans and the environment in the arctic
  • Addresses why the patterns of colonization were so irregular
  • Includes coverage of the earliest examples of humans, developing an understanding of ecosystem services for economic development in extreme climates
  • Covers both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems


Arctic specialists, climate scientists, biologists, ecologists, paleogeographers, archeologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, geologists

Table of Contents



    Section 1. European North

    Section 2. Siberian North

    Section 3. Beringia (North-East of Asia, Alaska, Yukon)

    Section 4. Canadian North, Greenland, Iceland

    Section 5. Greenland

    Section 6. Iceland



    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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 650
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: September 11, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128135334
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128135327

About the Editors

V.M. Kotlyakov

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of the Glaciology Department, Russian Academy of Sciences

A. A. Velichko

The late Dr Velichko was one of top specialists in paleogeography, 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 paleoclimatology and paleoecology of Early Man, as well as his expertise in the analysis of the environment and climate evolution.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences,

S. A. Vasil'ev

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 archeologist whose studies are centered on the Early Man colonization of the middle and high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institute for the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences