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Oldest Cemetery recovered

Aug 31, 2010 5:54:53 AM - itnnews.lk

Archeologists have recovered the oldest cemetery in Sri Lanka on a land 4000 feet above the sea level.

The burial ground was found in excavations carried out in the Haldummulla  area in Badulla district. The research was led by Prof. Raj Somadewa of Archeological Post Graduate Institute of Kelaniya University. The burial ground is located adjoining the road leading to the Haldummulla Tamil Vidyalaya.

The cemetery spans an area of five acres. Prof. Somadeva said that ancient tombs dating back to 3000 years have been found. Researches had earlier found such tombs in the Haldummulla as well. Several clay objects were also recovered.