Rasika MuthucumaranaCentral Cultural Fund of Sri Lanka · Maritime Archaeology Unit
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I am a Maritime Archaeologist / Research Officer, working for the Maritime Archaeology Unit of Sri Lanka; which is under the Central Cultural Fund, the Ministry of Education. I hold a B.A. Special Degree and a Post Graduate Degrees for Archaeology obtain from Local Universities and a Graduate Certificate for Maritime Archaeology from Flinders University, South Australia. Currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Gangodavila, Nugegoda.
November 2001 - present
Central Cultural Fund of Sri Lanka
- Senior Archaeology Officer
“The sea was our joy. Many of us who made a fresh start in maritime archaeology after graduation or as under graduates had very limited experience with the sea. Most of us weren’t able to swim adequately when we came to Galle. Apart from those living along the coast, the majority of parents still have a habit of keeping their children away from the...
During the last fifty years, many wrecks of Dutch and European steam powered ships, circa 17th century CE have been discovered around Sri Lanka. Stone anchors used by Chinese and Arab traders of 13th-14th century CE are suggestive of wrecks of different origins. The era beyond that is shrouded in mystery. Recent investigations by the Maritime Archa...
Sri Lanka is strategically located between Arabia and East Asia, at a natural crossroads of navigational routes and has been a centre of trade and cultural exchange since ancient times. With Sri Lanka’s significant seafaring history, and the archaeological riches of its land sites, there can be no doubt that study of the underwater sites will revea...
Investigations in 2010 by an international team of maritime archaeologists yielded a concentration of artefacts identified here by the authors as the remains of a shipwreck off the southern coastal village of Godawaya, Sri Lanka. The major findings from this site include many quern stones, various types of ceramics, and glass ingots. The comparativ...
Assuming that maritime archaeology conducted in Sri Lanka is new to most readers, the present paper has been written with a dual purpose. First, it tries to give some background to the birth and growth of the discipline in this country and shows its involvement in ICOMOS-ICUCH (International Council on Monuments and Sites-International Committee on...
Since 2002 a group of Maritime Archaeologists from Sri Lanka, The Netherlands and Australia are excavating a 17th century VOC shipwreck in the harbour of Galle in Sri Lanka. This excavation is part of a larger project that involves training local experts, research and the restoration of Dutch Heritage in Galle. This includes the Fort and the wreck...