Apr 28, 2018

Archaeological artefacts surface from Kidney Hospital construction site (pics) Featured

During the archaeological excavations carried out at the 28th mile post land in Polonnaruwa, where the proposed Kidney hospital is proposed to be constructed, a statue housing, small Chaitya, two Buddha statues and several other religious objects had been found, the Archaeological Department said.

The statue housing is around 10 to 15 feet in height and the Chaitya is believed to be a small one constructed on a pedestal, said the archaeologists engaged in excavations,adding that more information regarding the historical significance of these artefacts and its time period would be revealed after further examination.

The group of archaeologists includes the Anuradhapura Archaeological officer A.A. Wijeratne, Project Officer Thanija Amaratunge and several others.

The excavations which commenced in March last year, will continue until the end of May this year. By June the conservation activities are scheduled to commence.

The Archaeological Department officers had commenced these excavations under the financial grant of the Pibidemu Polonnaruwa project, based on a concept of President Maithripala Sirisena.

It is also said that the conservation activities of the identified artefacts recovered during the excavations would be carried out under the directions of the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.