Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Pigeon Nest, Delft Island, Sri Lanka

The pigeon nest, Delft Island, Sri Lanka
The Pigeon Nest is among the ruins found on the land adjoining the District Secretaries Office in the island of Delft (Neduntheevu in Tamil language), Sri Lanka. This pigeon nest is considered as a special creation of Dutch rulers who was living in the Jaffna Peninsula.

According to historical sources, the Dutch people who was controlling the Delft island at the time (Dutch Ceylon 1640–1796) had used pigeons as an expedient to send messages between the islands, ships and the mainland (Dias et al., 2016). This pigeon nest found in the 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 remaining in unharmed condition. The total height of the nest is about 4 m and each side of the nest contain 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. 

1) Pigeon house (Neduntheevu) by AntanO is licensed under CC BY SA 4.0

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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