Members of HAEMUS will take part at the upcoming XXXVII Annual meeting of the Serbian Archaeological Society, scheduled for May, 29 -31, 2014 in Kragujevac, Serbia. The following abstract will be included in thematic sessions as a part of the conference
Identification of the Ancient Mines and Quarries for chipping stone tools in Prehistoric Macedonia
Vasilka Dimitrovska*, Ivica Milevski**
*HAEMUS – Center for scientific research and promotion of culture, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia,
** University “St. Cyril and Methodus”, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Geography, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This paper deals with the origin of the raw material for chipped stone tools found at the prehistoric archaeological sites in Eastern Macedonia. The abundance of the sites gravitating around few location where an operational mines and quarries are still located, gave the possibility to test in the field and to compare the stone chipped material with the samples from the nearby mines and quarries.
The author investigated the possible ways of procurement and distribution of the raw material in an attempt to reconstruct and gain a more comprehensive picture about its technical and typological characteristics. The identification followed by chemical analyses will confirm the pattern or rule out the link of the chipped stone material from prehistoric assemblages with its ‘original’ source.
Key words: prehistory, East Macedonia, row material, chipped stone tools, mines, quarries