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Journal of Archaeological Research

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 169–194 | Cite as

The Enisei River of Central Siberia in the Late Pleistocene

  • Richard S. Davis
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Abstract

Recent Paleolithic work along the middle Enisei River of central Siberia has revealed a long history of occupation that almost certainly begins in the Middle Pleistocene. Although the evidence for the Lower Paleolithic is somewhat tentative, there is good reason to believe that hunter-gatherers had periodically occupied the middle Enisei before the last interglacial. The steppe environment of the region during the Upper Pleistocene was relatively bountiful; more than 200 Upper Paleolithic sites, both before and after the Last Glacial Maximum, have been located. The region appears to have been abandoned during the Last Glacial Maximum. Most of Soviet and Russian archaeological work has been guided by a cultural–historical orientation, but recently there has been increased interest in developing adaptationist and ecological research strategies. The middle Enisei and the wider central Siberian region are key to understanding early adaptations to the north and the dimensions of Paleolithic population movements.

Siberian Paleolithic Enisei River Late Pleistocene Russia 

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  • Richard S. Davis
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyBryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr

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