Climate and People in the Prehistoric Arctic

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

I came across this old article from, I believe 2001, which traces the history of people in the Arctic.

It’s well worth a read, and ties in nicely with yesterday’s post:

Did past changes in climates have majoreffects on human history? The question has been argued for a century or more, with numerous specific cases used as examples: the end of the Harappan civilization in northern India about 2200 BC, the fall of Mycenaean Greece about 1200 BC, and the rise of the great highland empires of the Andes. At a more distant time, it was proposed that the “bracing” semi-arctic climates of Ice Age Europe produced human populations that were world leaders in both biological and cultural development.

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