Thirty years collection goes to Archaeology Dept
Diver and ornament fish exporter Ananda Pathirana collected numerous
artifacts from the bottom of the sea for 30 years. He handed over the
collection to National Heritage Minister Jagath Balasooriya, who handed
it over to Archaeological Director General Senarath Dissanayaka.
"It is admirable to note that while treasure hunters hunt national
heritages, Ananda Pathirana donates his collection to the Archaeology
Department," Minister Balasooriya said addressing a ceremony at the
The National Heritage Ministry will exhibit the artefacts donated by
Pathirana at the proposed Ocean Museum in Trincomalee, scheduled to be
inaugurated in August, National Heritage Ministry Senior Additional
Secretary Vijitha Nanda Kumara said. Until the museum is open, the
artefacts will be exhibited in the Archaeological Department, he said.
"Ocean archeology in Sri Lanka has to move forward and the country
needs to implement the Act of Ocean Archeology as soon as possible," the
Four artilleries, ceramics, large copper pots, stone carvings and
statutes comprised the collection, he said.
Minister Jagath Balasuriya receives
the artefacts from Ananda Pathirana at the Archaeological
Archaeological Director General Senerath Dissanayake, ministry
Secretary Kanthi Wijethunga and Senior Additional Secretary Vijitha
Nanada Kumara also participated in the event.