New1st team in Diyawinna on the trail of pre-historic man

New1st team in Diyawinna on the trail of pre-historic man

New1st team in Diyawinna on the trail of pre-historic man

Written by Staff Writer

27 Mar, 2016 | 9:25 pm

On the journey in search of more details on hidden Sri Lankan pre-history, the News 1st team made camp in Udupiyangalge in Diyawinna.

The search of the life of the pre-historic man brings insight on archaeological patience. Udupiyangalge is believed to be a stop in the transition of the era of the hunter-gatherer.

The first-ever record on this was made by Dr. P.B. Deraniyagala, who inspected the cave in 1936, in search of pre-historic evidence and a very brief note on his discovery.

Eighty years later, a team led by Professor Raj Somadeva who are conducting a fresh and more comprehensive expedition pointed out that the location reveals details of two settlement levels. Professor Somadeva says that the evidence discovered at this site proves the opinion that was made based on the excavations carried out in the Lunu-galge in Illukkumbura.

A copious amount of tools made out of animal bones were discovered at this dig, which were mainly used to make a hole in the shells of the snails that the pre-historic man had for their meals.

Another set of bones are of a python and brings a thought that the pre-historic man also ate meat for food.The discoveries also include grain, stone instruments and other items.

Professor Raj Somdeva notes that the hunter-gatherer who migrated from the Balangoda Hills to the plains below, teaches us a lesson of great importance.

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