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
The Growth of Buddhist Monastic Institutions in Sri Lanka From Brāhmī Inscriptions Epigraphia Zeylanica Volume VIII Dr Malani Dias
The Growth of Buddhist Monastic Institutions in Sri Lanka From Brāhmī Inscriptions Epigraphia Zeylanica Volume VIII Being Lithic and Other Inscriptions Of Sri Lanka
Malini Dias Director (Epigraphy and Numismatics) Department of Archaeological Survey
A Thesis Submitted for The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy of The University of London
Department of Indology South Asia School of Oriental and African Studies University of London
Published by The Department of Archaeological Survey Government of Sri Lanka
Pages – 136 A4 pages with 25 plates