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Bradshaw Foundation Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Bradshaw Foundation Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Bradshaw Foundation Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Rock Paintings & Engraving in Sri Lanka
Rock Art Gallery of Sri Lanka
Raj Somadeva PhD

Bradshaw Foundation Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Raj Somadeva PhD
© Raj Somadeva
This gallery of rock art from Sri Lanka is based on the research of Raj Somadeva PhD, Professor in Archaeology at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology of the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka.
 
A comprehensive field survey was initiated by a team headed by Professor Raj Somadeva in 2011 to make a systematic documentation of the rock paintings and engraving sites (RPES) in the country. The geometric markings are confined to the engraved sites, while the painted sites consist of iconic and symbolic representations. The majority of the sites reported are situated in almost impassable terrains of the jungle areas. 
 
Some of the sites are found in areas currently occupied by the aboriginal Vädda community. The research of Diane Hawkey, based on the Dental Morphology analysis, suggests that the dental pattern of the Vädda is highly similar to Sri Lanka's prehistoric hunter-gatherers; the Vädda are the modern-day descendants of the earliest inhabitants of Sri Lanka. Modern ethnographic observations regarding biological and cultural ties support this.

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Bradshaw Foundation Dorawaka Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Dorawaka Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Dorawaka Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Dorawaka Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Dorawaka Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Dorawaka Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Kiripokunahela Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Kiripokunahela Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Kiripokunahela Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Kiripokunahela Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Lihiniyagala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Lihiniyagala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
Bradshaw Foundation Lihiniyagala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Lihiniyagala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Panama Sthripura Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Panama Sthripura Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Rajagala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Rajagala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Rajagala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Rajagala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Sangamankanda Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Sangamankanda Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Sangamankanda Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Sangamankanda Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
Bradshaw Foundation Situlpauva Magul Maha Vihara Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Situlpauva Magul Maha Vihara Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Tarulengala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Tarulengala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Tarulengala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Tarulengala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Tarulengala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Tarulengala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Tarulengala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Tarulengala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Tarulengala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Tarulengala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
Bradshaw Foundation Thantirimale Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Thantirimale Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Thantirimale Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Thantirimale Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Wettambugala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Wettambugala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Wettambugala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Wettambugala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Wettambugala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Wettambugala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva
 
Bradshaw Foundation Wettambugala Rock Shelter Rock Art Paintings Engraving Sites Sri Lanka
Wettambugala Rock Shelter
© Raj Somadeva

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