Ancient sewage system found


Text and pics by Cyril Basnayake

An ancient sewage system complete with a squatting pan was found during ongoing excavation work in close proximity to the Jethawanaramaya in Anuradhapura recently.

"What we unearthed was similar to a squatting toilet system used by modern man", says Prof. T. G. Kulathunga, the director in charge of the Central Cultural Fund’s Anuradhapura project.

There was a 15-meter pipeline made of clay found embedded 40 centimeters beneath the surface of the earth. Two supportive structures had been made of bricks.

Two sites used as ancient toilets were discovered earlier, but they were pits without a supportive network.

The excavations are continuing by a team comprising Shyamalee Gunaratne, Thashara Senaratne and Chandana Wijesinghe headed by project manager, H. M. B. Herath.

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