Prehistoric site discovered in Sri Lanka

An archaeological team in Sri Lanka have discovered evidence of a 3,300-year-old archaeological site in Sri Lanka, reportedly the oldest ever discovered in the country. The finds include granite tools and painted pottery.

3300-year-old archaeological site discovered in Sri Lanka

Malaysia Sun, 23 September 2009

An archaeological site more than 3330 years old has been found in the Udaranchamadama area in Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka, by a group of local archaeologists.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror Online, the site had been discovered by Professor Raj Somadeva and his team while excavating an area belonging to the Sri Jayabodharama temple in Udaranchamadama.

The ruins of a cemetery had been found earlier in the Pahalaranchamadama school premises and this team believed that traces of the village that used the cemetery could be discovered from this excavation.

“The discovery of this site is a landmark in our history. This is the first time in Sri Lanka that we have found artefacts that are to more than 3330 years old,” said Professor Somadeva.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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