Sri Lanka’s National Trust puts ancient stone monuments under spotlight
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s megalithic monuments, monuments made of stones as memorials or to mark burial will be the focus of a lecture by the National Trust, an organization that promotes the awareness and protection of the island’s heritage.
Sudharshan Seneviratne, a top archaeologist, who headed the Department of Archaeology at Sri Lanka’s University of Peradeniya will speak on "Stones of Memory: Social Archaology of the Megalithic Monuments".
The lecture at HNB Towers, Colombo 10, will start at 6.30 pm, the National Trust said.
Sri Lanka has over 70 known sites, with new ones being discovered and several have been excavated by researchers.
A cluster of tombs in Ibbankatuwa, near Galewela, Sri Lanka for example has been dated to around 700 BC.
In addition to large stones the sites may also contain urns and other artefacts.
Megalithic monuments have been discovered around the world and may date as far back as the 7th millennium BC.
"These enigmatic monuments are largely associated with ancestor veneration and a belief in a life after death," the National Trust said.
"They are popularly identified with granite slabs. However, a wide range of raw material such a terracotta and laterite were used otherwise in construction.
"Similarly, though the tomb architecture represents a stone pillbox covered with a slab, there are several variations associated with these tombs such as urn burials, cairn stones-circles, sarcophagi among other varieties of funerary monuments." (Colombo/Feb19/2018)