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Adieu Dr. Siran Deraniyagala! the founder of modern Sri Lankan Archaeology

It is no easy task to pen down few words on the life history of a colossus like Dr. Siran Deraniyagala, but nevertheless I will try. Life has its ways, its own twists and turns at times one would not expect; such was the shocking yet inevitable demise of Dr. Deraniyagala.

Who cited Dr. Siran Deraniyagala and for what?

Dr. Siran Deraniyagala must be the most influential archaeologist in Sri Lanka after Prof. Senarth Paranavitana. Introducing a new historical paradigm to the Sri Lankan past, undoubtedly, it was only he who presented a systematic - theoretical framework to the Sri Lankan past and tested a hypothesis through several decades until it developed into general acceptance.

Unchallenged Legacy of Dr. Siran Upendra Deraniyagala: ‘Rare genius’ and ‘Inspirational’ Archaeologist

Even though he is gone now, he still is an outstanding archaeologist and academic. His grift and tenacity inspired not only me but people...

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