Posted by: lrrp | December 24, 2014

Explorations in Sri Lankan Archaeology with Raj Somadeva PART I

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Darshanie Ratnawalli, being the first part of an interview with Professor Raj Somadeva published in  The Nation (print edition here) on Sunday,9th November 2014

6Professor Raj Somadeva, PhD (Uppsala), Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology, Sri Lanka
Raj Somadeva, one of the top Sri Lankan archaeologists, has drawn attention to his work in recent times with two interesting claims viz: discovery of a yaksha inscription and the existence of Buddhism in the island complete with a cave dwelling monastic sangha prior to the 3rd century BC. He spoke to Darshanie Ratnawallieon these claims as well as the ideological debates within the discipline. The following are excerpts of the interview.

DR: Dr. Susantha Goonathilaka, the president of Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka alleges that you call every settlement complex a ‘civilization’ indiscriminately when cities and/or evidence of writing are necessary for a culture to be called a civilization…

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