Mannar mass grave turns out to be country’s largest

Mannar mass grave turns out to be country’s largest

More than 230 skeletons have now been found at the mass grave in Mannar, adjacent to the old Sathosa bulding.

Speaking to the BBC Professor Raj Somadeva, a forensic archaeologist who leads the team at the site said “According to my experience this is the largest mass grave ever excavated.”

He said apart from the human remains, the archaeologists had also found porcelain, ceramic and metal objects, in addition to some jewellery.

However it is still not clear who the victims were or how they died.

A court ordered detailed excavations at the site – a former co-operative depot near the main bus terminus – after human remains were found by workers digging foundations for a new building earlier this year.

The Office of Missing Persons has provided partial funding for the excavation in Mannar.