On the trail of our pre-historic ancestor – News 1st sets off to the Central Hills (Watch Report)

On the trail of our pre-historic ancestor – News 1st sets off to the Central Hills (Watch Report)

Written by Staff Writer

26 Sep, 2015 | 9:11 pm

The history of Sri Lanka dates back to 2500 years. We as Sri Lankans show pride in our great history, mainly when we speak of the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy eras.

However, not much is spoken of the pre-historic times that laid the very foundation for those civilisations to build a great society.

On the trail of unearthing more clues on our history, the News 1st team visited another location, believed to be an important stop in the course of Sri Lankan history.

Two weeks ago we brought to you the details of a journey to unearth more information on our pre-historic ancestor, the Balangoda man, who lived over 40,000 years ago.

Our first stop was the Rassagala Mountain in Balangoda. News 1st set off yet again to the central hills , with the objective of learning more and resolving hidden mysteries of history.

News 1st arrived in Balangoda and then went on to reach its destination Illukumbura after passing through the Kongasthanna in Weligepola.

The roads less travelled, proved the journey to be more difficult when we reached a point where we could only arrive at our destination by setting off on foot. The desire for the taste of adventure and mystery was not as easy as expected.

We came across numerous natural obstacles on our journey downwards of this steep hill on the mountain. According to the extensive research carried out by Professor Raj Somadeva, The Balangoda man who lived in the Horton Plains had moved from the Balangoda hills to the plains below with the start of the various changes that took place in the environment.

After a treacherous journey on the slopes on the mountain we reached the site of the archaeological excavation where the archaeologists have set up camp after excavations in Haldummulla, Kaltota, Kuragala and Rassagala.

This cave, known as Lunugalge is located 550 metres above sea level and 17.5 metres in length and 6 metres in height.

Even at our time of arrival to the cave the team of archaeologists headed by Professor Raj Somadeva were carefully conducting their excavation at the site.

Although the cave had been vandalized by treasure hunters one part had been left untouched and this was something that the team of archaeologists were pleased about.

The objective of the archaeologists was to excavate an area to the depth between 50cm to 150cm in the cave floor. Moments after we commenced recording footage at the site of the excavation, the archaeologist unearthed an amazing discovery less than 50cm deep in to the cave floor.

What they unearthed was a stone tool used to make fire by the pre-historic man, which can be termed as ‘an extraordinary find.’

In order to focus your attention towards a very important fact, we at News 1st risked our very own lives.

More details to follow…

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