Balangoda Man and pre-historic life: Excavation at Rassagala Mountain comes to a close

Balangoda Man and pre-historic life: Excavation at Rassagala Mountain comes to a close

Balangoda Man and pre-historic life: Excavation at Rassagala Mountain comes to a close

Written by Staff Writer

13 Sep, 2015 | 6:44 pm

On September 12,  News 1st, brought to you the details of an excavation to unearth more evidence of our great ancestors. Today we take a look at the final excavation at the site a top the Rassagala Mountain.

As dawn breaks, the darkness of the night fades away bringing about a new day life in the Rassagala Mountain. When the rays of the sun touched the Rassagala Cave ,the New 1st team that spend the night at the site geared up for yet another rare experience.

The team of archaeologists including Professor Raj Somadeva recommenced their excavation at the Rassagala Cave, after a restless night.

This new day will be the last day in which an excavation will take place at the Rassagala Cave to unearth evidence of the Balangoda Man and pre-historic life.

It was when the sunlight broke through the branches of the mighty forest that we got our first proper glimpse of the Rassagala Cave and saw how it was naturally designed for humans to live in. In this case it was for the Balangoda Man.

The Balangoda plains located in between the Denathagala Mountain and the Rassagala Mountain once again proves the fact, that this area was most suitable for human habitat.

Archaeologists are of the view that when the pre-historic man migrated from the hills to the plains, this cave was most of the time left unused and later abandoned. However, what is most significant is that during their short stay, the instruments and weapons that they use have been intact with the layers and layers of soil that have formed over centuries of years.

Professor Raj Somadeva’s made an important presentation on the second excavation site of this Rassagala Cave. During the excavation the team had come across a number of rock instruments that were used by the pre-historic ancestor, the home sapiens.

These sharp instruments with geometric shapes found in the excavation indicate that the prehistoric man was well aware of making shapes and moulds.

These pieces of clay found during the excavation had stunned the experts as this proves the transition point of our ancestors – from the hunter to the farmer.

What is more indicative is that the clay pieces had different strokes of colour, gave more evidence to prove the claims of transformation.

These archaeologists excavated the site for a period of one week, and before bidding farewell they took measures to scale the cave and the surroundings. This is done with the objective of providing an opportunity for future Archaeologists to re-visit the cave and carry out further excavations if required.

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