230 skeletons found at mass grave in Sri Lanka

More than 230 skeletons have been found at a grave in a former war zone in Sri Lanka’s Mannar.

Touted to be the country’s biggest such site, archaeologists had also found porcelain, ceramic and metal objects, in addition to some jewellery worn by the victims in the grave apart from human remains.

“The bones are scattered and [it’s] very difficult to trace the stature of the bodies,” Prof Somadeva told the BBC. “And some bones were missing…it’s chaotic.”

A court had ordered detailed excavations at the Mannar site  after human remains were found by workers digging foundations for a new building earlier this year. It is still not clear who the victims were or how they died.

The north-western town of Mannar is dominated by ethnic minority Tamils. Community leaders and human rights groups say hundreds of people from the region went missing during the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war which ended in 2009.