Raj Somadeva biography and contact number

Raj Somadeva is a senior professor attached to the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology(PGIAR), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Raj Somadva
Prof Raj Somadva, during the excavation.

He was born on October 31, 1960. According to his birth certificate, his full name is Delgahawatthage Raj Kumar Somadeva Delgahawatta. He is currently attached to the PGIAR, which he joined on July 04, 1989.

Raj Somadeva – Academic Career

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Hons) Degree in archaeology in 1986 from the University of Kelaniya. He received his Master of Philosophy (Mphil) Degree in Archaeology from the same university in 1994. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree from the Department of African and Comparative Archaeology in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Uppsala University Sweden in 2006. His Ph.D. thesis title was ‘Urban Origins in Southern Sri Lanka.’ It was accepted as a part of their publication series on Global Archaeology in 2006. He was a Charles Wallace Research Fellow (2005) of the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London.

Among his publications are The Galpaya Survey (2009), Archaeology of the Uda Walave Basin (2010), The Nilgiriseya Survey (2012). He is a founder fellow of the Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists.

Archaeological Surveys

Urban Origins in Southern Sri Lanka Project (2001)
Sites & Monuments Survey Project (SMR) (2001)
Galpaya Survey (2007)
Rock Painting and Engraving sites in Sri Lanka Documentation Project (2011)
Kaltota Survey (2012)
Nilgiriseya Survey (2014)

Raj Somadeva – Excavations

Pallemalala Excavation (1997)
Manabharana Excavation (2013)
The Archaeology of Mountains:
Galpaya Excavation
Ranchamadama Excavation
Uda Ranchamadama Excavation
The Archaeology of Mountains:
Haldummulla Excavation (2013)
Hunugalagala Excavation (2014)
Rassagala Excavation (2015 )
Illukkumbura Excavation (2015)

Raj Somadeva – Publicatins

  • Urban Origin in Southern Sri Lanaka
  • The Galpaya Survey
  • Archaeology of the Uda Walawe Basin
  • Galle World Heritage Management Plan
  • Rock Painting & Engraving Sites in Sri Lanka
  • The Manabhrana Vihara at Siyambalanduva
  • Nilagiriseya Survey 2011

Raj Somadeva Articles – English

  • The Ancient Sea-port at Kirinda in Ruhuna
  • Advanced Hunter-Gatherers or Conservative Farmers: a note on the excavation of earthenware burial canoes at the village Ranchamadama in Sabaragamuva Province, Sri Lank
  • An Excavation of a Shell-midden at Pallemalla in Southern littoral area of Sri Lanka: some evidence of prehistoric Chenier occupation in c. fourth millennium BCE
  • Walking Ladder: A Brief Survey on the Development of Cultural Chronology in Sri Lanka
  • Colonization of Time: some problem of identifying archaeological sites in modified historic landscapes, a case study in Sri Lanka.
  • Archaeology of Disorder: a site-specific surface study carried out at a newly discovered ancient settlement mound in Sabaragamuva province, Sri Lanka
  • Rise of Social Complexity in Southern Sri Lanka: an archaeological analysis
  • Ancient Signs, Symbols, and Metaphors: Thinking on the cognitive dimension of the un de-deciphered images found in Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean World; a historical appraisal
  • Seeking for a Prehistoric Language in Sri Lanka: an assessment on archaeological perspectives
  • An ancient Ritual Space Excavation in Veherabindayaya of Galpaya in Rathnapura District: A Note

Raj Somadeva Articles – Sinhala

  • අළුත් සහල් මංගල්‍යය කෙටි සටහනක්
  • ප‍්‍රාග්ඉතිහාසය සමාජගත වීම
  • වෘත්තීයභාවය සහ ස්වභාෂාව : පුරාවිද්‍යාව එක් නිදසුනක් ලෙස
  • ශ‍්‍රී දළදාවහන්සේ ඓතිහාසික සමාජ වියමනක් ලෙස දැකීම : කෙටි හැඳින්වීමක්
  • පොළොන්නරුවථ එහි ප‍්‍රභවයේ බහිර්ජන්‍ය සාධක පිළිබඳ විමර්ශනයක්
  • රුහුණේ අනන්‍යතාව සහ සම්ප‍්‍රදාය
  • ඉතිහාසය සහ පුරාවිද්‍යාව අතර ක්ෂිතිජයක් : මහාචාර්ය සුදර්ශන සෙනෙවිරත්නගේ ශාස්ත‍්‍රීය දායකත්වය පිළිබඳ ඇගැයිමක්
  • කතර දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයේ ඉතා පැරණි සෙල්ලිපි
  • ” ගැමි හඬ” සංවිධානය,
  • අප කාටත් වුවමනා අතීතය වර්තමාන අත්දැකීමක
  • ගාලූ දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයේ පිහිටි පැරණි බෞද්ධ විහාරාරාම
  • අනුරාධපුර නගරය බිහිවීම
  • ගඅතීතයේ වර්තමානය සහ වර්තමාන අතීතයථ සාහිත්‍යයේ සමාජ උත්ප‍්‍රාසය
  • ගශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආදි යුගයට අයත් පාරලෞකික අදහස්
  • අතීතයේ වර්තමානය සහ වර්තමාන අතීතයථ සාහිත්‍යයේ සමාජ උත්ප‍්‍රාසය
  • පුරාණ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ විද්‍යාව සහ තාක්ෂණය පිළිබඳ කෙටිසටහනක්
  • බාර්ලිවාදය, විද්‍යාව, විද්‍යාවේ දර්ශනය සහ ස්වාත්මිකපුරාවිද්‍යාව
  • ගඅතීත සංජානනය සහ ප‍්‍රතිනිර්මානාත්මක සංකල්පනය
  • ශී‍්‍ර ලංකාවේ අතීතය: අදහස් පිළිබඳ අදහසක්
  • දේශීය පර්වත චිත‍්‍ර සහ ආලේඛ්‍යරූප සම්ප‍්‍රදාය

Contact Details

Raj Somadeva
Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology
University of Kelaniya,
No. 407, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 07.

Email: rajsomadeva@gmail.com
Telephone: 0112 694151 (ext. 221)



  1. Sir, I would like to remind about an archeological site which was located in Kalpitiya close to the sea. There is name
    board fitted by the side of the road and O one day I and some visited it which is located 1.5 km off from the main road actually. Board named as “අල්ලිරාණි පුරා විද්‍යා ස්ථානය ” in the main road. But we couldn’t see anything there and found a name board too. There are 8 acres over land is located according to the neighbou rers there and also boundaries also can be seen clearly with mentioning the dept too. I have taken some photos too but how can I send it from here. Just let us know this meaning of this place sir as the expert of the Archeology. Thank you sir.


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