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Archaeology Dept. to take over Sampur Chetiya area for preservation

30 December 2017 10:16 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The entire land area, where the Sudaikuda Chetiya at Sampur in Trincomalee was located would be taken over by the Archaeology Department shortly for preservation, Director General of Archeology Prof. P.B. Mandawela said yesterday.

Prof. Mandawela said it was a lapse on the part of the Government as there was no plan to conserve, historical, religious and archaeology sites in the North East until 2015, though the civil war ended in 2015.

“The destruction caused to the ancient Chetiya at Sampur was detected during a survey conducted by the Archeology Department in its project carried out to identify religious and archaeology sites in the East,” he said.

The Chetiya and its surrounding area had been destroyed before the Department declared it as an archaeologically and historically important site,” he said.

“Further survey and excavations would be carried out after the Archeology Department took over the site, as it has been established that the Sampur Chetiya, is an ancient and historically important site. The Police are conducting investigations to apprehend those who are responsible for the destructions,” he said.

“In Sri Lanka, there are nearly 250,000 sites of religiously, culturally and archaeologically important belonging to all communities and religions and the Department of Archeology was committed to protect, preserve and maintain them for the future generation,” he stressed. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 6

  • Eds Saturday, 30 December 2017 10:39 AM

    Does reconciliation only apply to "one particular " community?

    satha Saturday, 30 December 2017 06:14 PM

    new way of occupation of inocent peoples land

    Suresh Saturday, 30 December 2017 07:23 PM

    All you people are asleep.

    Buddhadasa Sunday, 31 December 2017 02:54 PM

    It is about time the archeology department wakes up. The harm is alreday done to hundreds of archeological sites in the North east and the North. The ministry of justice should wake up too to punish the wrongdoers so that such future attacks on the Sri Lankan old civilisation would stop and stop the attempts to rewrite the history of Sri lanka.

    Lankan Sunday, 31 December 2017 03:48 PM

    This is another way of fabricating history!

    BJP Monday, 01 January 2018 04:23 AM

    Yes, we must protect and preserve our identity, origin and culture. Archaeological Department has taken the correct approach.

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