Author Archive for History

New Evidence for Rainforest Foraging in Sri Lanka ca. 45,000 years ago

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Oshan Wedage, Patrick Roberts, Patrick Faulkner, Alison Crowther, Katerina Douka, Andrea Picin, James Blinkhorn, Siran Deraniyagala, Nicole Boivin, Michael Petraglia, Noel Amano courtesy MAX-PLANCK Institute for the Science of Human History Abstract Sri Lanka has produced the earliest clear evidence for Homo sapiens fossils in South Asia and research in the region has provided important insights into […]

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Grammar Productions for BBC News – Who stole Burma’s Royal Ruby

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Grammar Productions When British soldiers conquered Burma in 1885, they gave the last king hours to pack. Many of his treasures – heirlooms from a millennium of monarchy- were seized and sent to Britain. But the most precious, an enormous ruby, disappeared. Who took it, and where is it now? Read the full story here […]

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During Portuguese rule, Jaffna peninsula was entirely “Catholic”

Friday, December 27th, 2019

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Today, the Tamil-speaking Jaffna peninsula is a bastion of orthodox Saivism – a Hindu sect based on the worship of Lord Siva. But according to Prof. Tikiri Abeysinghe, in the 16th and the 17th centuries, under Portuguese sway, the peninsula was entirely Catholic, though only nominally so. In Jaffna under the Portuguese”, […]

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Kollupititya

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Some of this information was obtained from a book titled Colonial Kollupitiya and its environs by H.M.M. Herath. There was a time when Kollupitiya was known as Baradeniya. It was a beautiful rustic village with coconut  gardens and cinnamon trees that grew wild and narrow cart-tracks which connected the few villas and homes here with […]

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New soil study confirms 1943 Bengal famine was caused by Winston Churchill’s policies, not drought

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Colonial history Courtesy Scroll.IN A group of Indian and American researches simulated soil moisture content during major Indian famines to come to the conclusion. The 1943 Bengali famine was caused by then-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s policies and not drought, a group of Indian and American researchers have found in a study published in the […]

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Remembering the Uva rebellion

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Courtesy The Daily Mirror November 26 marks the day when Maha Adikaram Keppetipola and Maha Nilame of the Uva Madugalle were executed on the banks of Bogambara Wewa on the orders of the British Governor. It was left to Dr Henry Marshall, a friend of Maha Adikaram Keppetipola to take away the head of Keppetipola […]

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Kandy Man with long name who fought the Brits.

Friday, December 6th, 2019

By Gary Brecher You see some pretty sick stuff when you do my job, but I just read something sicker than any Congo cannibal buffet.   It’s an article by a posh little Limey named Jeremy Brown condemning the Sri Lankan Government for being too messy in putting down the LTTE, and demanding that we stop […]

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“Tea” if by sea, “Cha” if by land: Why the world has only two words for tea

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

By Nikhil Sonnad/The Quartz Courtesy NewsIn.Asia With a few minor exceptions, there are really only two ways to say tea” in the world. One is like the English term—té in Spanish and tee in Afrikaans are two examples. The other is some variation of cha, like chay in Hindi. Both versions come from China. How […]

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University of Edinburgh returns nine skulls to Sri Lankan tribe

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Courtesy BBC The skulls of nine members of a Sri Lankan tribe have been returned to their descendents by the University of Edinburgh. Experts say the bones are the ancestral remains of the Vedda people and may be more than 200 years old. They have been part of the university’s anatomical collection since being acquired […]

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University of Edinburgh returns nine skulls to Sri Lanka

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana The skulls of nine members of a Sri Lankan tribe have been returned to their descendents by the University of Edinburgh. Experts say the bones are the ancestral remains of the Vedda people and may be more than 200 years old. They have been part of the university’s anatomical collection since being acquired […]

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MAHAVANSA – COMPILED FOR THE SERENE JOY AND EMOTION OF THE PIOUS.

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Sripali Vaiamon  But it also tried to establish SINHALESE were descendants of a lion and a woman. How far we can believe that !Let that be there but let us address everyone living in Sri Lanka as SRILANKAN, besides their ethnic names. This could be implemented after the election of the new PRESIIDENT on the […]

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Ravana was a spectacular king. He just fell for the wrong girl

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Written by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne Courtesy The Indian Express The mists of mythology, history and conspiracy theories render him elusive. Yet, in Sri Lanka, the search for Ravana remains a quest for validation. A few months ago, I was picking my way through an obscure 1870s translation of the great Ramayana, notebook in one hand and […]

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Archaeological officers complain regarding a building of a Kovil

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Archaeological officers in Vavuniya have complained to the Omanthai police in October to carry out an inquiry about the building of a Kovil in the Maligai area in Omanthai, in Vavuniya by a certain group of people by bulldozing a place with archaeological memorials and ruins that belonged to Anuradhapura period. […]

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Stone weapons used by prehistoric man found from Mankulam

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana Several stone weapons used by prehistoric man have been found in the area nearby Panikkan Kulam in Mankulam, Mullaitivu, says Professor Paramu Pushparatnam. Speaking to Ada Derana reporter, Prof. Pushparatnam stated that he had inspected the area after he was notified by the residents that artefacts belonging to the prehistoric times exist there. […]

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MAHAVANSA – COMPILED FOR THE SERENE JOY AND EMOTION OF THE PIOUS-

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Dr.Sripali Vaiamon  Canada But it also tried to establish SINHALESE were descendants of a lion and a woman. How far we can believe that! Let that be there but let us address everyone living in Sri Lanka AS SRILANKAN, after the election of the new President What a fascinating apology.  Rev. Mahanama of the Deegasanda […]

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Oldest miniaturized stone toolkits in Eurasia

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

by Max Planck Society Courtesy phys.org Microliths—small stone tools—are often interpreted as being part of composite tools, including projectile weapons, and essential to efficient hunting strategies of Homo sapiens. In Europe and Africa, the earliest appearance of these lithic toolkits are linked to hunting medium and large-sized animals in grassland or woodland settings, or as adaptations to […]

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Ancient 45,000-year-old quartz tools ‘used to hunt animals up trees’ are found in Sri Lanka – making them the oldest human-made implements ever found in South Asian rainforest

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

By IAN RANDALL FOR MAILONLINE Archaeologists studied tiny, worked stone tools found in the Fa-Hein Lena Cave They believe they were made during the production of projectiles like spears Ancient humans likely used them to hunt tree-dwelling animals like monkeys These early tools overturn the idea that rainforests impeded humanity’s spread PUBLISHED: 19:00, 2 October 2019 | UPDATED: 19:00, 2 October […]

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DNA analysis of skeletal remains in India debunks Aryan invasion theory

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN, Courtesy The Island NEW DELHI, September 7: A newly published archaeological study based on DNA analysis of skeletal remains at the Rakhigarhi site in Haryana in north India has claimed that inhabitants of the Indus Valley Civilisation (IVC) were a distinct indigenous people, and challenges the theory of an “Aryan invasion” ending […]

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Ravana World’s First Aviator, Says Sri Lanka, Launches Initiative to Study His Voyage 5,000 Years Ago

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Courtesy News18 Civil Aviation Authority vice-chairman Shashi Danatunge said they had irrefutable facts to prove that Ravana was the pioneer and the first to fly using an aircraft. Bengaluru: The Sri Lankan government believes that King Ravana was the first aviator in the world and flew over 5,000 years ago and the country’s Civil Aviation Authority […]

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In ‘Eisenhower’s Death Camps’: A U.S. Prison Guard Remembers

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Martin Brech Courtesy  The INSTITUTE FOR HISTORICAL REVIEW In October 1944, at age eighteen, I was drafted into the U.S. army. Largely because of the “Battle of the Bulge,” my training was cut short, my furlough was halved, and I was sent overseas immediately. Upon arrival in Le Havre, France, we were quickly loaded into […]

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Truth of World War II – What did Japan fight for

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Japanese Agency Truth of Japan’s World War II Why did Japan have to fight? What did Japan fight for? Japan is the first Asian country that has amazingly modernized and defeated one of Great Western powers, Russian Empire. This brought huge hope to many Asian countries that were suffering from Western colonization. Who else in […]

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Lankan satellite brings back King Ravana to center stage

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia The successful launching of the first Sri Lankan-designed satellite ‘Raavana-1’ on June 17, established the capabilities of two young Lankan engineers, Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika. Tharindu Dayaratne is an electrical and electronics engineer of the University of Peradeniya and a research engineer at the Arthur C Clarke Institute for […]

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Ravana -an epic TV series in Sri Lanka Depicting origin of Sinhala people

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Sri Lanka Raavana, the ancient Lankan monarch who is known to have excelled in technology, aviation, medicine, state craft and music. Ravana is considered to be a descendant of Yakka clan in ancient Sri Lanka and the ancient dynasty of  Sinhala people in Sri Lanka . Name “Yakka” believed to be derived from the Sinhala […]

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Public Lecture on 24th June 2019

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) Public Lecture  Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka and India gaining independence from British colonial rule?”    by Senaka Weeraratna   On Monday 24th  June 2019 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07 ALL ARE WELCOME […]

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Sri Lanka – the poisoned legacy of British colonial rule

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Courtesy  Internationalist Communist Forum Introduction To the British public, Sri Lanka is probably best known for idyllic photos in package tour brochures describing it as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. But for a large part of its population, the island is anything but idyllic. For half a century, it has been plagued by on-going […]

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A Buddhist International University Called NALANDA

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Dr. Daya Hewavitharana. Nalanda was the first residential university in the history of the world. The Nalanda campus was an exceptionally impressive place, which included many impressive chetiyas, temples, monasteries, hostels, lecture halls, meditation halls, libraries, even parkland with lakes. The three great libraries of Nalanda were: Ratnasagara, Ratnadadhi and Ratnaranjaka. Inscriptional evidence (Yasovarmadeva) reveals that […]

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 “Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka and India gaining independence from British colonial rule?”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

By Senaka Weeraratna  Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) Public Lecture  Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka and India gaining independence from British colonial rule?”   by Senaka Weeraratna   On Monday 29th April 2019 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07 ALL ARE WELCOME Abstract The time has come […]

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Accountability of Mannar Mass grave in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Friday, April 12th, 2019

PBS Hemachandra Lieutenant Commander (retired) Sri Lanka Navy Courtesy The Island Carbon dating of the bone samples collected from the Mannar Mass grave in Sri Lanka confirmed that bone samples belonged to the periods when Sri Lanka was ruled by European. Books written by Portuguese, Dutch and English historians recorded massacres of Singhalese people lived […]

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Why the British should apologise to India

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

by Shashi Tharoor Courtesy RT Screenshot from film Gandhi (1982); Director Richard Attenborough; International Film Investors; National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC); Goldcrest Films International; Indo-British; Carolina Bank The centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is the right occasion for Britain to apologise for the evils of colonialism. Two years ago, on the UK […]

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Historical evidence of Mannar Mass graves dating back to 16th Century

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

by P. WEERASEKERA Courtesy The Island The issue of mass graves in Mannar continues to remain an inconclusive hot topic, despite the radio carbon dating analysis report received from the Beta Analytic Testing Laboratory in Florida, USA., which cleared the Sri Lanka Army of responsibility, by declaring the skeletal remains referred to the Laboratory pre-dates […]

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