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The Power of Museums

Dr. Karen Lee: Curator from the Smithsonian MuseumThe transcript of the public lecturer deliver by Dr. Karen Lee at the National Museum, Colombo on July 24, 2013 organized by the American Center, Sri Lanka.
We’ve come together tonight to talk about museums and their power to transform.
This word ‘transform’ is interesting–a 2-way street really– not only CAN museums transform the lives of people who visit them, but they can also fundamentally change the staff who work in them—the people who […]


Public Lecturer – POWER OF CURATING: Making Museums Come Alive

POWER OF CURATING: Making Museums Come Alive
Making Museums Come Alive
Speaker: Karen Lee
Smithsonian Curator
Wednesday 2013 July 24 3:00 pm
National Museum
Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha Colombo 07
Karen Lee is a curator from the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex based in Washington, D.C.
She teaches in Asia and Europe and is a highly-valued facilitator devoted to helping museum staff find creative solutions to daunting challenges. A believer in educational outreach and collaboration. Lee couriered a rare American […]


Call for Papers – International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage Colombo, Sri Lanka 21st-23rd August 2013

Important Dates


Submission of Abstracts
April 20, 2013

Acceptance of Abstracts
May 10, 2013

Submission of Full Papers
June 15, 2013

August 21-23 2013

The Centre for Asian Studies of the University of Kelaniya is pleased to announce the “International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage” organized in collaboration with the International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH) and the Ministry of Culture and the Arts  which will be held from 21st to 23rd of August 2013 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo , Sri Lanka. […]


“Samudrika” Maritime Archaeology Symposium & Exhibition

Maritime Archaeological Unit & Maritime Archaeological Museum, Galle Project, Central Cultural Fund is organizing a symposium & exhibition to mark the third anniversary of re-establishment after the Tsunami of the Maritime Archaeology Museum, Galle.
Date: 20 th 21st of March 2013  From 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Premises of the MAM, Fort, Galle
“Samudrika” – Maritime Archaeology Museum, Galle
The theme of the exhibition and symposium is  Maritime Archaeology and Traditional Fishing

industry in Southern Province.


Moonstone advertised for auction at the Bonhams auction in London, United Kingdom – The study report

Publication of a web advertisement by the London based antiquity auctioneers Bonhams on January 10th 2013 under the title of “Rare Buddhist Anuradhapura period (377 BC – 1017 AD) Indian carved stone temple step discovered by Bonhams in a Devon garden will be sold in London” created a considerable public and media interest in Sri Lanka. This is the study report of that moonstone.


Preliminary assessment of an early historic (2000 year old) shipwreck at Godawaya, Sri Lanka

An international team comprised of experts in diving and underwater archaeology from Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines participated in the assessment of a shipwreck at Godawaya, Sri Lanka. The main objective of the exploration was to make assessment of the wreck site based on the data generated during the fieldwork.


Book Launch – Rock Painting and Engraving Sites in Sri Lanka

Cover Page
Author :  Raj Somadewa PhD
Publisher: The Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya
Prize: Rs. 9000/= /  ₤

45/= / $ 65/= (10% discount available for booksellers)
ISBN: 978-955-8522-12-7
This book presents the results of a two years field survey project carried out on the Rock Paintings and Engraving(RPE) sites in Sri Lanka. 23 RPE sites out of 57 have been visited and photographically documented. The book contains a comprehensive text covering different aspects of the subject. This is the first full-fledge publication based on the Rock […]