Jun 18, Colombo: Archaeology Department of Sri Lanka has found a skeleton of a pre-historic man from the Fa-Hien cave archaeological site in Pahiyangala of Kalutara district.
The skeleton is believed to be about 12,000 years old and belonged to the Homo sapiens species known as Balangoda Man.
Director General of the Archaeological Department Dr. Senarath Dissanayaka has said that a full skeleton of the Balangoda Man was found during excavations of the Fa-Hien cave. This is the first time a complete skeleton of a pre-historic human was discovered, according to the official.
Several other remains belonging to an older era have been found earlier from the site. These include two pre-historic human skulls that are about 37,000 years old.
The cave has been known for late Pleistocene human skeletal remains discovered in the 1960s and 1980s.