International Circumpolar Archaeological Project

International Circumpolar Archaeological Project (ICAP) - Kamchatka, Russia (2009, 2010, 2011)

In 2009, a team of archaeologists from the University at Buffalo - SUNY and Northeastern State University at Magadan conducted the first year of a three year archaeological and geological project near Nerpich'ye Lake on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. This research explores the relationship between mid-Holocene human settlement and environmental changes due to volcanic and seismic activity, and climate. The Kamchatskii Peninsula contains detailed tephra stratigraphy from the mid- Holocene which will enable detailed chronological reconstruction of social and environmental change. Preliminary results indicate that human settlement locations remained stable over long periods of time, despite repeated volcanic eruptions.