Lankan research team discover prehistoric man

Haldummulla (Sri Lanka), Nov.4 (ANI): A Sri Lankan archaeological and excavating team led by Professor Raj Somadeva has announced the discovery of a prehistoric human settlement near Haldummulla town, 835 metres above sea level on the Southern Platform of central hills.


According to Professor Somadeva, the prehistoric settlement is about 3000 years old and showcases the transition from hunting to agriculture.


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The stone tools and graves uncovered in Ranchamadama and Haldummulla represent more or less the same period, yet the fragments of pottery and stone tools and other archaeological evidence discovered in Ranchamadama in 2009 prove that Sri Lankan prehistoric man migrated from higher Haldummulla to lower Ranchamadama later.


According to Professor Somadeva, the Horton Plains which the prehistoric Sri Lankan people are believed to have inhabited is a further 600 metres above Haldummulla, itself a mountainous region.


People living in the hills gradually migrated to lower plains around 5000 BCE, probably owing to the widespread drought that hit the highlands during that time.


In 2010, the team excavated graves on the way to Tamil Mahavidyalaya of Haldummulla – the highest elevation thus far. There they unearthed three large funeral vessels of clay resembling boats, each the size of a human body and containing burnt earth, as well as fragments of pots made with the potter’s wheel and filled with funeral ashes, and tools made of the special iron-rich stones.


Remains of human habitation adjacent to the graves included tools and pottery similar to that found in the graves. (ANI)


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