Contemporary and Historical Archaeology of the North: an Introduction

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Few regions of the world are changing so dramatically, with so little public attention or policy debate, as the global north. Recent media headlines characterize the more notable changes from a region of the world more commonly known for its stilled icescapes, silent seas, and limited human intervention. As the modern north is rolled out, it increasingly becomes a space where international companies vie to explore and develop new mineral, oil, and gas claims. Global shipping routes move ever northward as previously frozen waters release their grip over sea-lanes that promise to economize world trade routes or open previously remote northern ports. At the same time that global capitalist interest focuses on new northern opportunities, northern states jockey for control of tenuously known terrestrial and submerged landscapes to guarantee national geopolitical interests.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalHistorical Archaeology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Historical Archaeology
  • contemporary archaeology
  • Northern World


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