Yapahuwa Megalithic Burial Site (Gal Sohon Kanatta) – යාපහුව මෙගලිතික ආදි මානව සුසාන භූමිය (ගල් සොහොන් කනත්ත)
The prehistoric and historic heritage in the surrounding area of Yapahuwa has been preserved in the stone caves, rock shelters, inscriptions, graves and other ruins.. This rather unknown stone cist burial site in Yapahuwa called “Gal Sohon Kanatta” (stone tomb cemetery) by locals lies in the village known as “Pin Wewa” about 1.6 kms from Yapahuwa and south-east of Maho town. This area covers about 5 hectares in extent and is located at 240 m above sea level.
A survey done by the Department of Archaeology and University of Peradeniya in 1997 has revealed about 109 visible burials at this site. Landscape of the study site is generally flat. This includes relatively small wash divides, depressions, a tributary of the Deduru Oya, several small irrigation tanks and cultivated fields. Three radiocarbon dates obtained from charcoal associated with burials has indicated the sites existence spanning between 420 BC to 20 AD.
It has been observed that the graves consist of Cist Burials as well as some Urn Burials. Unfortunately this site has not been properly preserved and only few Cist Burial graves can be found today which could easily be mistaken for few random slabs of stone.
Note that the location marked on the Google Map below is a approximate location.
- Premathilake, R. and Seneviratne, S., 2015. Cultural implication based on pollen from the ancient mortuary complex in Sri Lanka. Journal of Archaeological Science, 53, pp.559-569.
- Prehistoric Sites of Sri Lanka
- Ancient Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka
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Map of Yapahuwa Ancient Megalithic Burial Site
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Driving Directions to Yapahuwa Ancient Megalithic Burial Site
|Route from Yapahuwa Junction to Yapahuwa Ancient Megalithic Burial Site|
|Through : Yapahuwa Rock Palace |
Distance : 3.5 km
Travel time : 6 mins
Time to Spend : 10 -15 mins
Driving directions : see on google map