Sigiriya frescoes in danger | Daily News

Sigiriya frescoes in danger


 Archaeological Department officials at Sigiriya are in difficulties due to lack of a proper security arrangement to the Sigiriya frescoes.

This was revealed at the divisional co-ordination committee meeting at Dambulla divisional secretariat recently.

A senior officer of the Archaeological Department said, there are only four security personnel being employed to protect the frescoes where as it needs 11 security guards. During the week-ends and holidays, large crowds visit Sigiriya including foreign tourists.

Such a crowd is unable to be controlled under the existing security arrangements. However, if this situation continued, a severe damage can cause to the frescoes, they said.

As severe damages had occurred in the past to the artefacts in Sigiriya the security should be strengthened at Sigiriya archaeaological site soon, he added. 

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