More Skeletons Unearthed in Sri Lanka Excavation: Mass Grave Includes Women, Children

Scientists are yet to determine the age of the bodies

Scientists are yet to determine the age of the bodies

Four more human skulls have been unearthed at a mass grave discovered last month in northern Sri Lanka.

BBC News, Colombo – Charles Haviland reports:  The remains were recovered during excavation work at the site in Mannar district.  They bring to 31 the number of skeletons or partial skeletons found there. (Ed. note: other reports say as many as 36)

This is the first mass grave to have been unearthed and forensically examined in the former war zone since the end of the separatist war in 2009.

The grave was discovered by construction workers laying a water pipe

The grave was discovered by construction workers laying a water pipe

Thousands of civilians perished in shelling towards the end of the conflict against Tamil Tiger insurgents, but it is possible the find dates from considerably longer ago.

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