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Largest inscription from Dimbulagala belongs to beginning of 2nd century BC or earlier

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Colombo, Feb 8 (Daily Mirror) - The largest inscription ever in Sri Lanka, found from the Dimbulagala Monastery grounds, belongs to the beginning of the second centrury BC or earlier than that, Sri Jayawardenapura University History and Archaeology professor Karunasena Hettiarachchi said.

Addressing the media, he said 60 percent of this inscription was unreadable and 40 percent was readable.

"This inscription was written in Brahmi characters. We found that 24 Brahmi characters were used on the inscription. At least 1,000 characters were used. Moreover, there are several rare symbols, which have never been seen by officials through their previous inscriptions," he said.

According to the signs, characters, and unique symbols, the committee had decided to announce that the inscription belonged to the beginning of the second centrum BC or earlier than that.

The Polonnaruwa Archeology Office found the largest inscription ever found in the country on July 10, 2023, at the Dimbulagala Monastery grounds.

Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Somaratne Vidanapathirana, said that eleven expert committee members, comprising Vice President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka Archaeologists, specialized in epigraphy, Ms. Malini Dias and Prof. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, were appointed on January 17, 2024, to issue a report after exploring a 45-feet-long and 18-feet-high inscription.

The inscription was recovered by the villagers of Dimbulagala. Accordingly, initial steps in exploring the inscription were completed on November 18, 2023, Vidanapathirana said.

Meanwhile, Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Minister Vidura Wickramanayaka, told the media that the printed copies of the inscription should be available to the public and that they must conduct more studies to reveal the history.


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  • Uncle Paradise Friday, 09 February 2024 12:10 AM

    I believe the inscription says 'Gota Go Home!'

    Siku Friday, 09 February 2024 10:55 PM

    That's a very good witty remark.

    TAMIL BRAHMI Friday, 09 February 2024 06:03 AM

    FOUND JULY 10 2023. THE WORK IS DONE WHY THEY HIDE SIMBOL AND INSCRIPTION. SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS.

    suman Udage Friday, 09 February 2024 06:52 AM

    How did you decide the timing? Have you done carbon 14 test? Please tell us.

    Mahendra Fernando Friday, 09 February 2024 07:20 AM

    Such a glorious past. It's the present and the future that are so bleak

    navratne willamune Friday, 09 February 2024 09:09 AM

    fascinating to hear that there were inhabitants have lived in the country who were able to write/(and read,) 2nd century BC.there are structures burried in the indian ocean predates the last Ice age.rising water levels have submerged them,historians must consider this

    HARD TRUTH Friday, 09 February 2024 09:06 PM

    YES, I AGREED. WRITE AND READ IN 2nd CENTURY BC. IN SOUTH INDIA AND LANKA AT THAT TIME, TAMIL BRAMI WAS IN THE WHOLE REGION .

    navratne willamune Friday, 09 February 2024 11:06 PM

    Indian experts may be able to help to read this.Indian archeologist have more experties on pre historic archiological artifacts etc

    Bring GOTA to glorify the 2nd Century BC Era Saturday, 10 February 2024 08:52 AM

    Can this discovery bring back the past glory of 2nd century BC era? Let us bring back Gota to power to do this job. It is he, who can achieve this glory, just as he made the cobra sing Baila in Kelaniya!


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