Geoinformation technologies are applied to an analysis of the living environments of Paleolithic people, using a territory along the route of a future gas pipeline planned for construction in the Altai Mountains as an example. GIS modeling of a paleoenvironment is based on the notion of a paleolandscape’s geological and morphological framework. The SRTM digital model of terrain, and geological maps of scale 1: 200,000 were used. The main factors that control localization of sites have been selected: the presence of fl at, even grounds suitable for settlement; proximity to sources of raw materials; good conditions for sun exposure; and water availability across the territory. Verifi cation of known Paleolithic sites showed the adequacy of GIS-modeling and its suitability in the optimal search for new sites.
Keywords: Paleolithic, paleoenvironment, Gorny Altai, Geoinformation System, digital terrain models.