The Pigeon Nest, Delft Island, Sri Lanka

The pigeon nest, Delft Island, Sri Lanka
This Pigeon Nest is standing among the ruins found on the land adjoining the District Secretaries Office on the island of Delft (Tamil: Neduntheevu), Sri Lanka. This nest is considered a special creation of Dutch administrators who occupied the Jaffna Peninsula in the 17-18th centuries A.D.

According to historical sources, the Dutch who were controlling the Delft island at the time (Dutch Ceylon: 1658–1796 A.D.) had used pigeons as an expedient to send messages between the islands, ships, and the mainland (Dias et al., 2016). This pigeon nest found on Delft Island has been made by them for the arrival, exit, and resting of these messenger pigeons (Dias et al., 2016).

This square-shaped nest is completely made of coral and still remains in an unharmed condition. The total height of the nest is about 4 m and each side of the nest contains holes for 15 pigeons (Dias et al., 2016; Wijebandara, 2014).

A protected monument
The building with the dove cage and the associated building ruins situated in the Grama Niladhari Wasama No. fma/4 Delft Central in the Delft Divisional Secretary’s Division are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 30 December 2011.
. The Pigeon Nest, Delft Island
See also
#) Delft Island Archaeological Heritage
1) Pigeon house (Neduntheevu) by AntanO is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
1) Pigeon Cage (45233859732) by David Stanley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1) Dias, M.; Koralage, S.B.; Asanga, K., 2016. The archaeological heritage of Jaffna peninsula. Department of Archaeology. Colombo. p.215.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1739. 30 December 2011. p.1093
3) Wijebandara, I.D.M., 2014. Yapanaye Aithihasika Urumaya (In Sinhalese). Published by the editor. ISBN-978-955-9159-95-7. pp.68-69.

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