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Kotte Heritage 1: The Tunnels

What remains of the city at present and commonly known are the Veherakanda ruins, Alakesvara’s palace, some ruins at Parakumba Pirivena, the tunnel at Ananda Sastralaya, the Inner and outer moats and sections of the rampart. There are traces of other ruins within Ethul Kotte and Pita Kotte which belong to the fortress but which are not quite known and not conserved. This series will explore all known and unknown historic sites and the legends surrounding them.

Archaeology.lk interviews Dr. H. Nimal Perera

Dr.H. Nimal Perera Dr. Nimal Perera Halawathage Nimal Perera, born on the 23rd of December 1953 is a prominent prehistorian of Sri Lanka and was the former Director of Excavations and Acting Deputy Director-General of Archaeology; he is currently the Director of Sabaragamuwa Province of the Central Cultural Fund. He received his BA in Archaeology from the University of Peradeniya in 1979 and went on to receive his Masters from the Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute of the University of Pune,...

An Epigraphic and Social archaeological study of Vaharala Inscriptions

Civilization in 3rd century BC Sri Lanka was a highly cultured one (Pagnasara Thero 2005:10) with a tradition of continuous written records. Writing is an important feature in the evolutionary process of human communication (Bandara 2008:1) but the origin of writing is not as old as that of the origin of man. In the early 19th century James Princep was able to decipher a hitherto unknown script in India (Paranavitana 1970:i) which is called the Brahmi script.

Prehistory of Sri Lanka 2 : the geographical and geological background of Sri Lanka

When studying about the prehistoric man under archaeology, just as looking into the cultural features, the Archaeologist should also look into the environmental features around. Although the prehistoric man built a culture, as he too is an animal who depends on the environment and the culture he built is also based on environmental facts, the natural environment therefore, is important.

Prehistory of Sri Lanka 1 : the beginning of a long journey

As such the period before writing or the period before the historic period is known as the Prehistoric period. Though the Deepavamsa, Mahavamsa and other literary sources stats briefly of this period, the information given cannot be believed or understood properly. Certain sources describe Yakshyas (demons) and Nagas (snakes) like humans living in the island.

Prehistory of Sri Lanka

This article series would cover the entire scope of the prehistoric man of Sri Lanka beginning with a clear introduction into the historical setting with an overview to the terminologies and the known knowledge to the novice mind. Then with an overview of the origin of the geology and geography of the island in order to better understand the natural environment of the prehistoric man and then on to the extensive studies conducted on prehistoric archaeology from the late...

The Library of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka goes online…

The Library of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka is one of the oldest libraries in the Island having been established in 1845. As such it contains some of the rarest and oldest books available on the Island about its peoples' - their history, geography, cultures, languages, religions and ways of life. (more…)

Visualization and Haptic Rendering of Ancient Woodcarvings in Sri Lanka

Abstract:This research presents a case study focused on the visualization and haptic rendering of ancient woodcarvings in Sri Lanka. This paper introduces a virtual reality framework for realistic visual simulation of ancient woodcarvings works with the use of advanced human computer interaction cheap viagra order technologies. (more…)

A new book – Prehistoric Sri Lanka: Late Pleistocene rockshelters and the open-air site – Dr. Nimal Perera

A new book on Prehistoric Sri Lanka by Dr. Nimal Perera(Deputy Director General, Department of Archaeology, Sri Lanka) has been published by the British Archaeology Reports. This is the major publication on Sri Lanka Prehistory after the Dr. Siran Deraniyagala's book.It is available at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology Library(407, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07,) and the Royal Asiatic Society Library(96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07).(more…)
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