L'homme préhistorique dans le Grand Nord

Patrick PLUMET

fr Comptes Rendus Palevol 5 (1-2) - Pages 329-342

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.

The prehistoric Man in the Far North

The conquest of the Earth up to its furthest northern and constraining limits is one of the most challenging human ventures. The colonization of the Far North, during the Last Glacial time, corresponds to the penetration by mankind into territories where environmental conditions were particularly harsh. But these very conditions stimulated its adaptability and its creativity. Although these Men of the Cold originated from tropical regions, they succeeded not only to live in latitudes which were biologically hostile, but also to set up the first cultural, symbolic, and social systems, clearly recognizable by archaeology.


Far North, Arctic, Prehistory, Eurasia, Upper Palaeolithic

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