Gem beads are attractive objects used not only for bodily ornamentation but also to decorate royal palaces and religious places in ancient time. The Jetavanaya Bead collection contains considerable amount of natural gem beads which are made up of gems coming from six main gem families found in Sri Lankan gem fields. The most common gem beads are made up of Garnet and Quartz family gems while Corundum, Beryl and Feldspar beads are somewhat rare in the collection. Having [...]
Sri Lanka is well known for its richness of archaeological sites.As described in the great chronicles of Mahavamsa (300A.D.),Thupavamsa (300-600A.D.) and many others,such places are not restricted to one particular region or place and they are scattered all around the island.During the past 2500 years of written history of Sri Lanka, earth materials have been used to build up ancient cities,royal palaces and mighty irrigation systems.