Report reveals bone samples belong to 1499-1719 AD era

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The carbon dating report from the Beta Analytic Institute of Florida, USA, has revealed that the skeletal remains found in the Mannar mass grave to date back to a period between 1499 and 1719 AD (Anno Domini).

However, the analysts are of the opinion that it was impossible to determine the specific time period. Skeletal remains of 325 bodies were recovered during the investigation which was carried out for 155 days.

The skeletal remains of 318 bodies have been unearthed so far including 29 which are of children. Six samples of skeletal remains were sent to the laboratory in Florida for carbon testing on January 23, 2019.

The investigations of the mass grave commenced after recovering a few skeletal remains following the demolishing of the old CWE building in Mannar. Mannar Magistrate, T. Sarawanaraja, today announced that the carbon test report received on the skeletal remains from USA be released to the public domain.

Earlier, Mannar Magistrate T. Swarnarajah said he was unable to reveal the contents of the report submitted by the JMO on the findings of the Mannar mass grave, until the Beta Analytic Institute of Florida provides in writing the contents of the carbon dating report to the courts.(Sithum Chathuranga and Romesh Madusanka)

  Comments - 31

  • Achintha Tilakawardane Thursday, 07 March 2019 07:13 PM

    Could these be linked to the martyrs of Myanmar?

    Gamini Siriwardana Thursday, 07 March 2019 07:51 PM

    Strange twist of misinformation. Wern't some found with bound and chained? How did the bindings remain without rotting and decaying for this long? This is an obvious case of hiding the truth. Besides hundreds of years old skeletons do not remain in this pristine condition in the tropical weather!

    sach Thursday, 07 March 2019 07:58 PM

    This sums up the nature of allegations against Sri Lanka

    Dee Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:18 PM

    Hmm. Any comments from Historians? Might bring it back some light about the beginnings of SL.

    Venom Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:47 PM

    It will be interesting to know the who's and whys of this mystery. Were they the victims of a plague or of ethnic cleansing?

    Venom Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:53 PM

    And so it turns out to be a damp squib!

    Be Fair Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:59 PM

    Wonder what the NGOs with vested interest has to say to this.......

    Manilal Jayawardhana Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:16 PM

    The question still remains on the ethnicity of the skeletal remains. Could they be Dutch, English or Sinhalese?

    Raj Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:20 PM

    Carbon dating is not reliable. It overestimates the age by a large margin of error



    RDF Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:53 PM

    This should arouse the interest of archeologists from around the globe. Hope we could get the story...



    sinhabahu Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:59 PM

    Tamil Diaspora must be very sad about this report.

    L. De. Almeda Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:11 PM

    This is their work. No problem, no problem

    Shelliah Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:17 PM

    Portuguese has killed our people in this period.

    Kumar Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:29 PM

    So blame the Dutch? To play devils advocate, what happens if the samples were taken from a know site belonging to that era?

    Nittaawa Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:33 PM

    Haiyyo... Poor LTTE diaspora who were waiting to pin this on the SLA... Have a banana

    Olman Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:00 PM

    Now SHUT-UP and go forward. Also please re-bury them.

    Asoka Sellahewa Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:16 PM

    Could you please get a copy of the report and publish, since the magistrate has directed to release the report to the public? I have contacted the lab in Florida, but they are not willing to release a copy unless they receive authorization to release.

    doc Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:21 PM

    Too bad news for vellala Rascist cry babies and their western busy we must ask that loose cannon German ambassador who took the pains to visit mannar recently to bring genocidal charges at Portugal..hahaha

    Appu Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:36 PM

    Done by Netherlands or British people to convert to Christian

    Ibnu aboo Friday, 08 March 2019 12:12 AM

    By this report legal action should be taken against the government of Portuguese or Holland ruled this nation during that period of time mentioned in the report to find out the cause of death related to the skeletons

    Jaffna Logic Friday, 08 March 2019 12:23 AM

    The unearthed skeletons had been in Mannar in the custody of the Court for months before being sent to the USA.It looks highly likely that during this period the skeletons had been been switched and replaced by skeletons from centuries old grave yards possibly from India. Tamils will never forgive this ghastly and heartless cover-up.

    Terance Perera Friday, 08 March 2019 12:45 AM

    Mannar is in north. This could be one of many atrocity commited during Portugees or Cholan Invasions.

    Dr Bala Friday, 08 March 2019 03:24 AM

    If we accept those skeletons belonged to 1499-1719 AD era then we can also believe that pigs could fly, elephants do talk,and the Indian Army never killed or tortured hundreds of Tamil men,women and children in the North.

    Thayalan Friday, 08 March 2019 03:58 AM

    Interesting findings. Best for the archaeological studies for early human settlement, natural disaster during that period or any epidemic during that period. Better spent money on different set of samples to analyse this further for the countries best interest.

    sunil vijaya Friday, 08 March 2019 06:00 AM

    a dramatic finding - most wanted to rake in the sri lanka military but here an atrocity or a common grave yard during portuguese/dutch era. colombon catholics/christians and jaffna christians would be very disappointed with this finding. their masters would have massacred sri lankans??? for not joining their faith???

    Rajitha Friday, 08 March 2019 07:15 AM

    This period begins from the Portugese colonising of Mannar and end with the Dutch. They are most likely Sinhala people killed by European invaders.

    Ruwan Friday, 08 March 2019 07:16 AM

    Can we ask the Portuguese for explanation and compensation?

    SL Friday, 08 March 2019 07:22 AM

    So now SL gvt can ask for EU to table a resolution to investigate Protugeeze genocide investigation at Mannar .Tamils in north can look for another fake clue for genocide and dream on

    Kalu Friday, 08 March 2019 09:41 AM

    Build a memorial spending public money

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