Police unit to protect Galle archaeological sites
A special police unit to provide security for archaeological sites
and monuments in the Galle district was established in Galle Fort under
the directions of Southern Province DIG Hector Dharmasiri and Galle SSP
The unit has been directed to launch constant security operations and
investigations into the incidents of ravaging archaeological sites and
monuments, treasure hunting and mishandling of antiques and to take
strict legal measures against the offenders.
There are about 173 archaeological sites and monuments in the Galle
district. Fifty four places have been proclaimed as archaeological
reserves through gazette notifications.