Largest ancient sluice found

Possibly the largest sluice, three Buddha statues and a number of other items of archaeological value were discovered during an excavation jointly carried out by Japanese and Sri Lankan archaeologists at Yakkure village in Wasgamuwa.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Department of Archeology Exploration Officer T. M. C. Bandara said he was confident that most items discovered during the excavation belonged to the Anuradhapura era while some belonged to the Polonnaruwa era.

He also said that among the other items found were iron nails, guard stones, Nandi (bull) monuments, parts of terracotta lamps and other items which could date back 20,000 years.

Bandara said that exploration had been done only in a small part in Yakkure village.

He said he believed that exploration of this nature, especially in the National Parks like Yala would lead to more discoveries.

Rikkyo University, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology Kazutoshi Shigyo said, the aim of his institution -South Asian Ruins Exploration was to conduct exploration to find ancient ruins and monuments in South Asia.

"I am very much interested in Sri Lanka’s archeology. There are so many places in Sri Lanka to be explored," he said.

The project had been funded by his institution, which was planning to commence the Second Phase in 2010, he said.

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