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

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.


Dr. Saddhamangala Karunarathna

Former Commissioner of Archaeology Dr. Saddhamangala Karunarathna Passed away today

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.


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

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.

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