The work on a hotel project at Galle face has been put on hold following the discovery of a ancient artillery gun at the construction site on Saturday, Archaeology Department Director General Senarath Dissanayake said today.
He said the work was suspended in keeping with the law on the Prevention of Destruction and Theft of Antiques.
Dr. Dissanayake said his Department would dispatch its analysts and experts and a team of excavators to the site today.
“We will reveal the details to determine the era to which the gun may belong,” he said.
Meanwhile, the hotel project workers said they believed there might be more such artifacts on the site.
A worker at the site said the two rectangular pieces projecting out of the sides of the gun suggested that the 25 feet long gun must have been fixed to a stand or a carriage, which might have been buried underground over the years.
The gun was recovered on Saturday morning. A similar discovery was made at the Central Bank Premises some years ago.
Several historical records state that during the Dutch era several artillery guns were placed in and around the Galle Face area. (Yohan Perera and Dharashana Sanjeewa)
so the sale or lease of land has resulted in giving away our valuable historical artifacts. what a destruction the previous regime has done
Rohan Monday, 28 September 2015 04:20 PM
These findings should not be a reason to stop work at a site for a prolonged period. It is obvious Dutch, Portuguese or English colonials place guns around Colombo beaches to protect their interests. Development projects of the country should not be effected due to findings of artifacts of the previous looters of the Island.
lkboy Monday, 28 September 2015 09:21 AM
Thats a big one!
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