Archaeology Advisory Committee convenes after five years
The Ministry of Buddhasasana, Cultural, and Religious Affairs revealed that the recently appointed 20-member Archaeological Advisory Committee had convened after a lapse of five years.
Speaking to The Sunday Morning, Ministry Secretary M.K. Bandula Harischandra stated: “Although a committee was appointed during the Yahapalana Government, they had not convened a meeting to discuss the preservation of archaeological sites in the country.
“It was after the recent developments surrounding the destruction of several archaeological sites that the committee had convened for a meeting called in by the Prime Minister and the President.”
The appointed advisory committee is tasked with advising the subject minister on matters concerning archaeology in the country, providing advice for special projects, policymaking, archaeological site observation, and assisting with promoting development activities.
The committee comprises Asgiri Chapter Anunayaka Ven. Wedaruwe Dharmakeerthi Sri Rathanapala Thera, Dakshina Lanka Chief Sanganayake Ven. Metaramba Hemarathana Thera, Ruwanweli Maha Chaithyaramaya Chief Priest Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Thera, Archaeological Chakravarthi Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera, Ven. Alikewela Seelananda Thera, Ven. Yatigaloluwe Wimalarathana Thera, Somawathi Raja Maha Viharaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Thera, Ven. Prof. Induragare Dhammarathana Thera, Ven. Dr. Maduruoye Dhammissara Thera, former Director General of Archaeology Dr. Siran Deraniyagala, archaeologist Prof. T.G. Kulatunga, Dr. Gamini Wijesuriya, Prof. Nimal De Silva, Eng. Gemunu Silva, Prof. Anura Manatunga, architect Ashley de Vos, Prof. Raj Somadeva, W.M.S. Weerasekara, Sirinimal Laddusinghe, and Munidasa Padmasiri Ranaweera.