Ancient graves shed light on Sri Lanka’s past

Archaeologists have excavated a series of ancient graves at Dambulla, providing tantalising glimpses of the customs and rituals of Sri Lanka’s earliest civilisation.

Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Image by Ramón / CC BY-SA 2.0

Entombed in giant clay pots, the skeletons are thought to date from around 600 BC, pre-dating the era of Prince Vijaya, the first recorded king of Sri Lanka. The first people to live on the island are thought to have migrated from eastern India, but little is known about these early peoples except for the legends in the Mahavamsa and Dipavamsa, two of Sri Lanka’s oldest texts. Read more:

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