chapter  12
28 Pages

Heritage in Action: Historical Remains in Polar Conicts

WithDag Avango

Over the past several hundred years, states and entrepreneurs have competed for control over territories and resources in the Arctic and Antarctic. Previous research has analysed this struggle in dierent arenas – in diplomacy and in the polar landscapes, where scientic research and resource utilization have served as arguments for claims to political inuence or exclusive extraction rights.1 Less is known about the role of the historical remains of these activities in current sovereignty controversies in the Arctic and Antarctic. What is the role of cultural heritage sites in the competition for inuence in the polar regions?