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On the trail of the Balangoda human

Picture: Gayan Pushpika

Picture: Gayan Pushpika

Historians will await with bated breath for the latest findings about Sri Lanka’s pre-historic society that add to the archeological evidence of a civilisation long pre-existing the arrival of the mythical Prince Vijaya. The excavations of archaeologist Prof.Raj Somadeva, on the trail of Balangoda human (Homosapiens balangodensis – the skeletal evidence of anatomically modern homosapiens that lived 30,000 years ago in Sri Lanka) are unravelling a fascinating history that had been suspected all along – that Sri Lanka had had a developed human presence much before the Indian Prince Vijaya’s expedition in 600 BC. In fact, the archaeologists believe modern humans existed in Sri Lanka as far back as 100,000 before present (BP) through the Ice Age. Read more