Prof. Raj Somadewa delivering the keynote address

Keynote address by Prof. Raj Somadewa at The Annual Research Session 2013 of University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka

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The leading and eminent figures of the prehistoric research in this country, Dr. P.E.P Deraniyagala and Dr. Siran Deraniyagala are from your area. Once we thought that history of our civilization was supplanted by the so called Aryans who migrated from the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. New evidence are appearing to argue that it is not a correct historical assumption. As our historical chronicles describe, the Aryan migrants arrived here in 600 BCE. But now we know at least 1800 years before that we were in a position to cremate our deceased relatives and construct burial chambers to deposit their corporeal remains.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO SRI LANKAN GNEISS AND GRANITE CAVES

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Commencing in 2008 with a focus on caves in metamorphic terrains, the project Cave Science Sri Lanka has investigated forty-eight caves. Thirty-seven caves have been mapped by the Sri Lankan members of the project, twenty-five have been investigated in more detail and samples have been collected from twelve caves for analysis.

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Three inscriptions discovered in Delft Island

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The marine archaeologists from the Maritime Archaeology Unit (MAU) of Central Cultural Fund (CCF) established in Galle in their archaeological explorations carried out in Delft Island in the North of Sri Lanka in August this year have discovered three inscriptions that have not been hither to revealed.

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SAARC Photographic Competition and Exhibition

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Theme : Historical Sites/Natural Landscape in the SAARC Region Background Today, photography has become an art by itself, with many modern advances to photography. The SAARC Cultural Centre hopes to encourage photographers in the SAARC Region, by having a competition of Photographs of 1) Historical Sites in the SAARC Region 2) Natural Landscape in the SAARC […]

New Maritime Archaeological discoveries in Eastern Province in Sri Lanka: With special emphasis on Trincomale to Potuvil

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Maritime Archaeology Unit (MAU) of Central Cultural Fund (CCF) is carried out an underwater Archaeological non disturbance exploration in the Eastern coastal area (From Trincomalee to Potuvill), 13th of July to 26th of August 2013.Drawing the measured and non measured drawings, photographical and video documentation, applying GPS and remote sensing are the used methods for the exploration.Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Pothuwil are the main selected areas for the survey.

Former Commissioner of Archaeology Dr. Saddhamangala Karunarathna Passed away today

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Former Commissioner of Archaeology Dr. Saddhamangala Karunarathna Passed away today(August 06, 2013). Dr. Saddhamangala Karunarathna, former Commissioner of Archaeology(1979 – 1983) passed away today. Dr. Saddhamangala Karunaratne graduated in 1946 from the University of Ceylon and in 1949 he obtained his M. A. specialising in Pali. In 1950 he joined the Department of Archaeology as an Assistant Commissioner.

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A Gemological Perspective of Gem Beads of Jetavana World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka

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Gem beads are attractive objects used not only for bodily ornamentation but also to decorate royal palaces and religious places in ancient time. The Jetavanaya Bead collection contains considerable amount of natural gem beads which are made up of gems coming from six main gem families found in Sri Lankan gem fields. The most common gem beads are made up of Garnet and Quartz family gems while Corundum, Beryl and Feldspar beads are somewhat rare in the collection. Having both unfinished beads and raw materials give an idea that beads had been made locally. The different shapes, well polished facets and sharp edges of beads evidence the advance ancient technology of bead making.