Pre-historic Sri Lankan skeleton unearthed

21st Jun 2012

Tourists looking for a holiday that features archaeological wonders will be interested to hear that a human skeleton, which could be the oldest ever found in south Asia, has been unearthed in Sri Lanka.

The complete skeleton will now be carbon-dated but items excavated with it have been confirmed to be some 37,000 years old.

The skeleton, thought to be homosapiens, was discovered in a cave in Kalutara district in Sri Lanka's Western Province a few days ago along with tools and weapons made from bone and stone as well as bead ornaments.

People on a tailor made holidays or making private journeys to Sri Lanka and with an interest in archaeology will be intrigued to hear that experts believe the find proves homosapiens settled on the island about 40,000 years before their visit.

Archaeologist Nimal Perera told the Sri Lankan Daily News that it was the first complete pre-historic skeleton ever found in Sri Lanka with experts now studying the find to try and discover more about its diet, rituals and tools.

Human remains were previously found at the Fa Hien cave in both the 1960s and 1980s.

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