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Morphology and Morphometry of prehistoric skeletal remains found in Potana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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K. M. Chandimal ,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine
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G. Adikari,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology
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S. G. Yasawardene

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medical Sciences
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Abstract

This study explores morphology, morphometry of prehistoric skeletal remains found at Potana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka that has been radio carbon dated as 4,000 years before present (YBP). The gender, age, stature, cause of death, health status, food habits and the way of life of Potana population have been explored by following the methods described in slandered text. One skeleton unearthed from context no 10 of the excavation presently displayed at National Museum, Colombo is of female sex and age at death is around 25-35 years. The calculated stature of the individual is 170 cm. Other skeleton found at the same context presently displayed at Sigiriya Museum is of male sex and determined age at death is around 25-30 years. The calculated stature of the male is 173.61cm. The skeleton excavated in context no 03 presently stored at Osteology Laboratory, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya is determined as female and age at death is around 35-40 years. In general, the prehistoric population that lived in Potana is further identified as a hunter gatherer population that shared many biometrics and socioeconomic characteristics among contemporary prehistoric populations that lived in Sri Lanka such as Bellan bandi Palassa, Batadomba lena, Beli lena, Fa Hien lena etc.
How to Cite: Chandimal KM, Adikari G, Yasawardene SG. Morphology and Morphometry of prehistoric skeletal remains found in Potana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Anatomy Journal. 2019;3(1):10–27. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/slaj.v3i1.47
Published on 15 Aug 2019.
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