Sri Lanka’s Kuragala ancient caves abode of pre-historic man?

Daily News
Priyanka Kurugala
06 June 2014

Officials at the Beta Analytic Institution in the USA has sent a report to the Archaeological Department recognising that the stone caves in the Kuragala ancient Buddhists monastery which belonged to the 3rd BC – 1 AD period were habitations of the pre-historic man.

z_p03-Kuragala.jpgA full skeleton of a man was unearthed at an excavation recently. The skeleton was sent to laboratories of the Oxford University in Britain for further investigation and DNA tests. This skeleton will be handed over to Sri Lanka after further studies.

According to officials at the Beta Analytic Institution, the Kuragala site’s pre-historic earth layers belonged to a time dating back 16,000 to 6,000 years. This site is the first archaeological site which belongs to the inter medium zone.

The most important revelation is that the Kuragala pre-historic man lived with a close connection to the sea supporting claims that the area was surrounded by the sea at the time. Archaeological Director General Senerath Dissanayake said another excavation would be launched in 2015.



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