Siberian Archaeology Reveals How paleo-Eskimos Survived and Hunted Whales

Dr. Kirill Dneprovskiy has been excavating Chukotka in supreme near-isolation for around 30 years. On the Paleo-Eskimos’ extraordinary art and diet, and what to do when a bear walks into a bar

Liza Rozovsky
Liza Rozovsky
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The average temperature there is way below zero. The summer, when it finally arrives, is between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius and lasts for less than three months. About 70 cm below the ground surface the permafrost begins. But for the archaeologist Dr. Kirill Dneprovskiy of the State Museum for Oriental Art in Moscow, Chukotka is the Promised Land.