Ancient People of the Arctic

Ancient People of the Arctic

Book - 1996
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Univ of Washington Pr

Ancient People of the Arctic traces the lives of the Palaeo Eskimos, the bold first explorers of the Arctic. Four thousand years ago, these people entered the far northern extremes of the North American continent, carving a living out of their bleak new homeland. From the hints they left behind, accessible only through the fragmented archaeological record, Robert McGhee ingeniously reconstructs a picture of this life at the margins. He discusses how the Palaeo-Eskimos spread across the entire Arctic, explains how they dealt with sharp climate changes that drastically altered their environment, offers glimpses into their spiritual practices and world view, and speculates about their eventual demise.

Publisher: Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780774808545
Characteristics: xii, 244 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 30, 2017

A wonderful and detailed book concerning the ancient background of all groups that braved our frigid (sometimes less so) north. The author has a teaching tone that is friendly and knowledgeable at the same time. The book is easy to read. Anyone going to the north should read this.

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