Lost Sri Lankan site rediscovered

An ancient temple site, noted to be looted by treasure hunters by the previous colonial government, was rediscovered in Sri Lanka’s Anuradhapura district.

Vijayaramaya rediscovered
Sunday Times, 30 August 2015

An ancient archaeological site of historic value was discovered by the Department of Archae-ology in the Anuradhapura District this week. Located a mile to the north from the famous Abhayagiri Vihara, the new site named ‘Vijayaramaya’ was found in a thick jungle by excavators. The 23-acre Vijayaramaya consists of ruins of a broken-down stupa, a shrine room, a poya house, halls and two ponds that date back hundreds of years.

Conservation work at the site is being conducted by the Central Cultural Fund (CCF) under the guidance of the Archaeological Department. Director in charge of Central Cultural Fund’s Anuradhapura project, Prof. T. G. Kulathunga, said the Vijayaramaya had been damaged by robbers.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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