Ancient settlements unearthed in Jaffna
Archaeological excavations have unearthed remains of ancient human
settlements in Vadamarachchi East area, Archaeology Director General,
Dr. Senarath Dissanayake said.
"We have found evidence of three old human settlements in these
areas. They have spread over an area covering nearly three kilometres
and are vitally important to prove the historical background of Jaffna
peninsula", he said.
"We have also found clay pots of varied colours depicting the time
frame. They will help archaeologists to determine the era of their
usage. They are believed to have belonged to the years between the
beginning of BC and upto 900 BC. However, we can't say exactly what era
these settlements belong to, the Director General said.
"We have already completed the excavation work in Jaffna peninsular.
Our findings have pointed to a location identified as Kadurugoda which
is known as Kandarodai where we have unearthed remains of a large
Archaeologists believe that Kandarodaya belongs to ironic age and
there are sufficient evidence to suggest that these human settlements in
Kandarodoi lead to the existence of a very old history in the
peninsula", Dr. Dissanayake said. Wallipuram golden scroll provides
vital facts to determine the history of Jaffna peninsula. According to
archaeologists, this Wachipuram scroll belongs to the 2nd century.
We have also found a provincial palace (Yuwa Maligawa) and its pond
belonging to royalty. We also hope to identify the archaeological sites
in places such as Mannar, Jaffna and Kilinochchi and establish their
identities in the near future, Dr. Dissanayake said.