Trailing the journey of human evolution:Key evidence on Balangoda Man revealed

Trailing the journey of human evolution:Key evidence on Balangoda Man revealed

Trailing the journey of human evolution:Key evidence on Balangoda Man revealed

Written by Staff Writer

12 Sep, 2015 | 7:47 pm

Sri Lanka is considered to be one of the key places in the journey of human evolution. Key evidence on human evolution, a pre-historic era human skull, was found from the Batadombaleva Caves in Ratnapura.

Sri Lanka contributed to the study of human evolution of the world with the traces of the Balangoda man. More information of our great ancestors life style has come in to light through extensive research and expedition.

The human skull that was unearthed during excavations in the Batadombalena caves in Ratnapura opened a new door in the study of human evolution.

It has already been confirmed that our great ancestor to who the skull belonged to, who was also given the name as the Balangoda Man who lived over 40,000 year ago.

This was proven in the expeditions that were carried out in the caves of Bellanledi Pelessa , Kuragama and Pahiyangala. It is in such a backdrop that Archaeologist such as Professor Raj Somadeva commenced an expedition of a different kind to understand and learn more on the life of the past.

An important fact that has come to light is that the Balangoda Man who lived in the hills migrated to the plains below and shifted from the hunter to the farmer. This team of Archaeologists who led expeditions and excavations in the Horton Plains, Kalutota and Kuragala made camps in Rassagala, Balangoda.

With a few hours left for sunrise, the News 1st team decided to trek the Rassagala mountain under the blanket of darkness. The Rassagala Mountain is located 750m above sea level and it was not only the blanket of darkness that made the trek impossible.

Clinging leeches and the low temperatures made the trek even more difficult.

Professor Raj Somadeva and his team were up and awake and were doing their excavations when we reached the site.

Professor Raj Somadeva speaking to News1st said:

“… Usually we find snail shells in the caves. What is astounding is that in this cave we did not come across any of that. Therefore we can believe that our ancestors shifted from hunting and consumed vegetation for survival …”

The Rassagala cave is 27 metres wide and 11 meters high.  The team carried out its excavation at two locations of the cave.

Professor Raj Somadeva pointed out that one site may provide the answers that he had been looking for on human evolution. Professor Raj Somadeva also said:

“… We spent the night at this cave in order to understand and learn the life of the past. We studied how the heat of the fire is released to the cave and how the temperature was maintained. We also kept watch on what kind of animals come here at night …”

News 1st also spend the remaining hours of darkness with the team, learning more on this rare experience.

You may have seen how an excavation is initiated, however have you seen a site being closed?

Await details on News 1st.

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