Vandalizing an archaeological site in EP: Dept.vows to take legal action

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The Department of Archaeology sought a report on the incident in which an archaeological site was vandalized in the Eastern Province on December 18, and vowed to take strong legal action against those responsible, an official said today.

Director General of Archaeology Prof. P. B. Mandawala told Daily Mirror yesterday he instructed the Assistant Commissioner of Archaeology, in charge of the area, to pay a visit to the vandalized site in the Trincomalee district yesterday and submit a report.

He said the Prime Minister’s office also made inquiries about it. He said the police investigations were on, in this regard.

Earlier, different civil society movements raised alarm about the continuous destruction being done to the Buddhist archaeological remains in the eastern province.

The Archaeological team discovered this site only on Sunday. However, it had been bulldozed the very next day by a group unidentified so far. At the site, there were archaeological remains of an ancient ‘Dagoda’ built during the Anuradhapura Era. (Kelum Bandara)



  Comments - 6

  • Athakolla Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:02 AM

    Entire Sri Lanka is plundered by our leaders large and small, if we want to archeological site's been plundered then 1st stop the political criminals plundering the nation and bring them to justise.

    Nanda Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:49 AM

    If that is that is there the temple is of Tamil Buddhism and not of Sinhala Buddhism. Sinhalese can not claim for wholeBuddhism in this country. Some Tamil people followed true Buddhism and changed their religion as difficulty of following it in normal life. This is before the politicized Sinhala Buddhism era

    Sam Thursday, 21 December 2017 02:46 PM

    Whether it was 'Tamil' Buddhist site, or a Sinhala Buddhist site... I guess we will never know now.

    sach Thursday, 25 January 2018 01:40 PM

    if so, why do Tamils destroy it?

    truth Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:09 PM

    Still leaders are talking about national reconciliation??

    lkboy Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:32 PM

    This is our national heritage! What is the government doing?

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