You mean the Neanderthals?
well, among others yes, Neanderthals also. If we were to investigate early beginning of `intelligent` life on European soli, Neanderthals must be taken in consideration. One whole period of European history belong to them. But, are they first?
Then, who replaced Neanderthals? Humans? Which kind of humans? What was their race? Then, if there happened clash between human and Neanderthal world (civilizations, societies, settlements, hunters...whatever) can we go that far to think that there were organized wars on European soli which decided who shell prevail. What if similar wars occurred on planetary/global level? How can we investigate this and get insight in ancient events, to say `from time before time`?
If we were to speculate on this topic to the maximum we can even ask- What if ancients of this world used for example mammoths and/or other animals in eventual wars (everyday life), same way how people used and using elephants, horses, lamas, camels, bears, …?
Then, from where arrived humans who spread all over Europe? What happened later to that primordial human culture of Europe?