Epigraphical Notes Nos 1- 18 – Dr. Malani Dias
The first issue of the Epigraphical Notes was released in April 1972 with a brief survey of Epigraphy in Sri Lanka, provided by Dr. R. H. de Silva, the Archaeological Commissioner in his introductory note. There he has recorded as follows:
“A monthly bulletin called the ‘Epigraphical Notes’ will be issued giving the text, translation and other details of about ten inscriptions, which have hitherto not been published. This bulletin will be issued to all the Universities in Ceylon as well as to the Museum Library. The present issue is the beginning of this venture”.
In view of this, the Department of Archaeology deciphered the inscriptions as and when they were discovered and published them periodically in the Epigraphical Notes. These issues were sent to the libraries to provide first-hand knowledge of the recent discoveries in Epigraphy which would have been useful to those involved in conducting research in History and Archaeology.
With the publication of twenty such issues, there was a general request that the Epigraphical Notes should be compiled in book form with the photographs of inscriptions. It is indeed the fruits of such a venture that we see in this book.
This is a publication of Department of Archaeology, Sri Lanka. 1991
History of The Kingdom Of Rohana from The Earliest Times to 1500 A.C – Prof Sirimal Ranawella
MEMOIRS OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF CEYLON VOLUME XI
HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF ROHANA FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO 1500 A.C.
B.A. Hons. (Ceylon); Ph. D. (London) Hon. D.Litt. (Kelaniya University of Ceylon) Professor Emeritus, University of Ruhuna)
PUBLISHED JOINTLY BY THE MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY
Röhana played an important role in the history of the Island almost from the very beginning of its history as a human settlement in the fifth century B.C. On many an occasion during the historical periods of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruva, when the Island was divided among rival powers, when internal disorder brought revolution, or when invaders from South India took possession of the Northern part of the Island, which was then known as Rajarata, and forced some of its people with its rulers to flee to the South, deliverance usually came from this unique Kingdom of Röhana. Knowledge of its history is therefore essential for a proper understanding of the history of the whole Island. I regret no scholar so far has been able to present a comprehensive and critical history of this principality, which is politically and culturally important for a study of the history of the Island as a whole. However, the present editor presented an abridged version of the History of the Rohana Kingom in Sinhala in 2003 on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the University of Ruhuna. The present publication is really for the benefit of the English educated public.
Pages – 241 A4 size pages
Inscriptions of Ceylon, Volume V Part I – Prof Sirimal Ranawella
This is the first part I of the ‘Inscriptions of Ceylon, Volume V; it contains a historical introduction to the texts and translations of 115 inscriptions, both published and unpublished , belonging to the period between 815 to 923 AD, covering the reigns of Kings Dappula II (815-831), Sena I (833-853), Sena II (853-887), Udaya II (887-898) Kassapa IV (909-914) and Kassapa V (914-935). There are a few other records, which could be ascribed to the reigns of those kings, which are very fragmentary, and a good number of other records which cannot be attributed to any particular king; these are not included in this Volume.
Published by Department of Archaeology, Sri Lanka, 2001
Pages: 585 Plates: 90
Inscriptions of Ceylon, Volume V Part II – Prof Sirimal Ranawella
INSCRIPTIONS OF CEYLON
CONTAINING PILLAR INSCRIPTIONS AND SLAB INSCRIPTIONS
FROM 924 AD TO 1017
B.A (Hon.) (University of Ceylon), Ph.D (LONDON),
Hon. D. Litt. (Kelaniya University of Ceylon)
PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY
Pages: 322 A4 Pages and 58 Plates