Experts to see 12,000-year-old skeleton today
The skeleton of a pre-historic man which was unearthed after being burled for 12,000 years will undergo chemical tests from today Archaeology Department sources said yesterday.
An expert team from the Archaeology Department would visit the Fahien cave archeological site in Pahiyangala, Kalutara today where excavators found a complete skeleton of a pre historic man believed to be 12,000 years old.
Director General of Archeological Department Dr. Senerath Dissanayake told The Island that they would decide the future action plan after visiting the site today with Dr. Shiran Deraniyagala.
“We would decide how to preserve it and use it for future research,” he said.
Dr. Dissanayake said that this was the first time that archeological excavation discover a complete skeleton.
Several other parts were also unearthed with the skeleton, he said adding that a skeleton discovered in Hungama archeological site was the oldest one so far but it was not a complete skeleton.
Pre-historical excavation project officer of the Department of Archaeology, Ushan Wedage who headed the site told The Island that the skeleton had been sighted by the excavators working on a soil layer which had been earlier dated back to 12,000 years. These datings had been done in foreign labs.
“We did not further disturb the site and covered it until top archeological experts including the Director General and Professor Shiran Deraniyagala inspect it. The skeleton would then be taken out and would be handed over to the Chemical Conservation Unit of the Department. From tomorrow onwards the preservation of the skeleton would be transferred to chemical elements from the natural elements,” he added.