Pleistocene paleoenvironment and biological and cultural development of the hominins
As people, we are conscious about ourselves. Each and every one of us has a strong feeling that originates from our unique consciousness, which makes the question about who we are and where we come from so natural. For thousands years people have been trying to answer questions regarding our descent, our place in nature, our relations with other life forms. Religion and philosophy provide answers. However, science urges us to seek answers and evidence in the world around us and within us. The empirical approach towards this perennial question reveals remarkable secrets regarding our past. The evolutional perspective offers vast and deep self-reflection and places us as kind in our biological and ecological context.
In Macedonia, most of the Paleolithic archaeological finds originate from several caves located near greater rivers. Thousands of stone artifacts and fossilized animal remains have been found. A great part of the stone material, i.e. tools and weapons have been determined according to the typological and technological features. Animal bones have been determined according to relevant animal types. Animals were used for food by the population that inhabited the cave, but also a strong influence of humans has been notices on them. There is a great possibility that bones were processed, however, bone tools have not been confirmed.
In this regard, I focus my intentions towards study of Paleolithic stone works based on indications offered by archaeological finds of fossilized animal material found at the cave Golema Pešt in Zdunje. Also, my interests are focused on inter-disciplinary approach regarding analyses and research of different fields and specialties that would enable overall consideration of conditions and life in those remote times.