Initial colonization of the Arctic zone

Vladimir SHUMKIN

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 5 (1-2) - Pages 319-322

Published on 28 February 2006

This article is a part of the thematic issue Climates - Culture - Society in prehistoric times. From the appearance of hominids to the Neolithic.

Human colonization of the Arctic zone constitutes one of the most beautiful illustrations of the thesis according which human history, particularly in its early stages, represents a continuum of adaptations. The study of archaeological sites of North Fennoscandia has brought numerous evidences since the Mesolithic period.


Population migration, subsistence strategies, continuum of adaptation, periglacial environments, Arctic zone

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