Prehistoric cemetery at Ibbankatuwa
A scene of the cemetery
A close-up picture of a
There are several places of historical importance in Sri Lanka that
are still not well known among foreigners and Sri Lankans. The
Ibbankatuwa historical cemetery that belongs to the Megalithic
pre-historic era is one such place. The historical site is on the
Kurunegala-Dambulla main road in the Galewela Divisional Secretariat
The Ibbankatuwa site covers an area of about one square kilometre and
has 42 clusters of tombs with an average of about 10 tombs per cluster.
The centuries-old cemetery shows that even in ancient times the dead
were respected. The structures here are similar to those we see at
today's cemeteries. The graves are enclosed with stone slabs. According
to archaeologists, besides the burial place, human bones and tools used
by them have been found at the site.
Dr. Senarath Paranavithana who examined the inscriptions on the clay
pots found at the site said they were similar to those found at the
The excavations were carried out by the Cultural Triangle. Although
thousands of tourist go past the historical place no one seems to be
interested in visiting it. At present the site is preserved by the
Department of Archaeology.