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These chronicles cover the period since the establishment of the Kingdom of Tambapanni in the 6th century BCE.
The first Sri Lankan ruler of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Pandukabhaya, is recorded for the 4th century BCE.
Armed uprisings against the British took place in the 1818 Uva Rebellion and the 1848 Matale Rebellion.
Independence was finally granted in 1948 but the country remained a Dominion of the British Empire until 1972.
Balangoda Man probably created Horton Plains, in the central hills, by burning the trees in order to catch game.
However, the discovery of oats and barley on the plains at about 15,000 BCE suggests that agriculture had already developed at this early date.
The earliest documents of settlement in the Island are found in these chronicles.It is very likely that further investigations will push back the Sri Lankan lower boundary to match that of South India.Archaeological evidence for the beginnings of the Iron Age in Sri Lanka is found at Anuradhapura, where a large city–settlement was founded before 900 BCE.Several minute granite tools (about 4 centimetres in length), earthenware, remnants of charred timber, and clay burial pots date to the Mesolithic.
Human remains dating to 6000 BCE have been discovered during recent excavations around a cave at Warana Raja Maha Vihara and in the Kalatuwawa area.
The Portuguese lost their possessions in Ceylon due to Dutch intervention in the Eighty Years' War.