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Excavating the Royal Palace of Seethawaka

By Chryshane Mendis The rise and fall of the Seethawaka Kingdom in the 16th century is one of those remarkable episodes of history where a kingdom with a short lifespan could have an effect for generations to come such as that of the short lived empire of Alexander the Great; such was the feat of the warlike Seethawaka Kingdom. Seethawaka as a Kingdom came into existence in 1521 after the Vijayaba Kollaya where the kingdom of Kotte was divided amoung the three brothers, with Kotte to Buvenekabahu, Raigama to Raigam Bandara and Seethawaka to Mayadunne (the city of Seethawaka [...]

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Udupiyangala excavations, the conclusion

The Udupiyangala cave in Kalthota, Balangoda is a prehistoric habitat which was excavated by Dr. P.E.P Deraniyagala in 1936. Through that excavation it was recorded that quartz tools and a clay pot with seeds was found. Based on that evidence Dr. Deraniyagala believed it reflected a new path in the Stone Age culture of Prehistoric Sri Lanka. To identify this culture he proposed the termed Ferolithic culture. But at that time Dr. Deraniyagala was unable to determine as to how old that culture was. In February 2016 under the Hunters in Transition project, excavations of Udupiyangala was recommenced mainly [...]

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Fieldwork of the Hunters in Transition Project -2016 (Second field season)

The second season of the hunters in Transition project was initiated between 22nd July and 4th September 2016. Two excavations have been carried out in Illukkumbura of Balangoda. The objective of the fieldwork was to investigate the adaptation of the prehistoric communities in the area to the climatic changes of the early and the middle Holocene. Prof Raj Somadva during the excavation The first cave excavated was Paragahamaditta galge alias Bandukanda galge in Panana has revealed a rich assemblage of prehistoric stone implements. Lack of prehistoric food residues suggests that the cave had been utilised by the prehistoric [...]

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Ethno Rock Art: A case study Kaimur, Bihar – Sachin Kumar Tiwary

By Sachin Kumar Tiwary Ethno rock art can provide insights of value to Archaeoscientists into how people in the past may have lived, especially with regard to their social structures, religious beliefs and other aspects of their culture”. This way, the methodological approach proposed in this publication can also contribute for the development of Cognitive Archaeology, in particular, and brings, in a general way, important information for future research in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, rock art, ethnography, and symbolism, among others.. The book has three chapters and 103 figures. The present project titled “Ethno Rock Art: A Case Study of [...]

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Programme – The 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Association for Asian Heritage

The 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Association for Asian Heritage will be held at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka on 27th -28th December 2015. The conference is being organized by the Centre for Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya in collaboration with several other Departments and Institutes interested in Asian Heritage and academic affairs. The details on academic sessions are given below. Day 1- Hall- 1 27th December 2015 Sunday Board Room of the Faculty of Social Sciences Time: 11.30am -1.00 pm Chairperson:           Prof. Dilkushi Wettewe Co- Chairperson: Mr. Amalka Wijesuriya Rapporteur:    Ms. Suvimali [...]

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

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

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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Abstract Volume: International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage, August 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The abstract volume of the International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage held on August 21st-23rd , 2013 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo Sri Lanka.

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Three inscriptions discovered in Delft Island

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.

SAARC Photographic Competition and Exhibition

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 Region. The best photographs will be on Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A cash award and certificate, recognizing the best in the two categories will be given to the best three, and short listed photographs will be showcased at the exhibition, and on all publications [...]

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