Lanka’s pre-historic heritage and modern humans
‘Prehistoric Sri Lanka’ is the title of this month’s National Trust lecure.
It will be delivered by Dr. Nimal Perera on Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, No. 6, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7.
Those who wish to join online, could click the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89309795021
The lecture will focus on the richness of Sri Lanka’s pre-historic heritage and on the island’s role in the evolution and dispersal of modern humans.
The Prehistoric record from the Middle Pleistocene to the Mid-Holocene in Sri Lanka is potentially one of the best in South Asia. The archaeological record of Sri Lanka has been as long as in India and numerous sites have been explored and excavated. There are some excellent studies of late Pleistocene rock-shelters, most notably in the lowland south-western region of the island.
Additionally, Sri Lanka has rich ethnographic records of modern hunter-gathers that have enriched assessments of plant usage, hunting techniques, pattern of land usage and material culture.
Dr. Nimal Perera received his B.A. in Archaeology, Geography and Political Science from the University of Peradeniya, M.A (First Class) in Archaeology from the University of Pune, India and Ph.D. from the Australian National University, Canberra. He joined the Department of Archaeology in 1982 and was the Deputy Director General from 2008 till his retirement from the Department in 2013.
Considered as an expert in Sri Lanka’s Pleistocene sites, he has directed a number of excavations in late Pleistocene-early Holocene rock shelters and open air sites where he pioneered the application of geoarchaeological and bioarchaeological methods. He has published extensively on his research work in Sri Lanka and abroad, including Prehistoric Sri Lanka in the British Archaeological Report Series (Oxford).
The HNB Sustainability Foundation is the principal sponsor of the National Trust – Sri Lanka.
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