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Sri Lanka pre-historic man used metal 4000 years ago

Mar 23, 2011 10:55:06 AM - itnnews.lk

An ancient cemetery which changes the country’s history has been recovered.

This cemetery was discovered from Ranchamadama in Embilipitiya. Also the ancient civilization ruins including artifacts shed light on Sri Lanka’s historical era. As accepted at present, the period beyond 2500 years is considered as the local farmers’ era. However, with the latest discoveries, this era runs beyond another 900 years.

Prof. Raj Somadeva told news conference today that there is evidence to prove that Sri Lanka pre-historic man used metal 4000 years ago. This is the oldest evidence found so far to prove the use of metal in Sri Lanka. Earlier reports indicated that metal was used in the island in 900 B C but it has changed with the evidence discovered at the ancient cemetery in Haldumulla, Haputale, where many stones with metal material, pots and pans, and other tools used for pottery were located by Archeologists. Senior Archaeologist Dr. Shiran Deraniyagala, director Archaeology Dr. Senarath Dissanayake and many official involved in this field were present.