Sunday, October 6, 2019

Walathapitiya Palaveli Archaeological Site

Walathapitiya Palaveli archaeological site
A site with archaeological ruins has been discovered in Palaveli village in Walathapitiya (Walathapitty in Tamil language) in Ampara District, Sri Lanka. Situated near to the Walathapitiya Wewa, this site can be reached by traveling along the Ampara - Sammanture highway about 5.7 km distance from the Ampara town.

Ruins
Two sites located adjacent to each other have been declared as archaeological sites by two Gazette notifications published on 10 October 2014 (No. 1884) and 26 December 2014 (No. 1895). The monuments those have been identified in the Gazette notification No. 1884, include the ruins of a Bodhighara (the shrine of Bodhi-tree) and a Chaitya (Stupa), both are considered as common elements usually found in Buddhist temples.

However, presently, this site has been given a Hindu appearance by local people by constructing a new Kovil (a Hindu shrine) there.

A protected site
The Gazette notification : 10 October 2014. 
The Palaweli archaeological site with other archaeological evidences including the ruins of a Bodhighara, an ancient Chaitya, building sites, inscriptions, flight of steps belonging to Palaweli village situated in the Grama Niladhari Division No. 89B, Walathapitiya 01 in the Divisional Secretary’s Division Sammanture in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (latitude 07º 18' 34.3'' N and longitude 081º 43' 09.1'' E).

The Gazette notification : 26 December 2014.
The rock plane with other archeological evidences including ancient letters and signs in front of the premises of Shivan Kovil belonging to Palaweli Village situated in the Grama Niladhari Division 89B, Walathapitiya 01 in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Samanturei in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (Latitude 07º 18' 27.6'' N and longitude 81º 43' 05.1'' E).

Walathapitiya Palaweli Archaeological Site Walathapitiya Palaweli Archaeological Site
References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1884. 10 October 2014. p. 922.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1895. 26 December 2014. p. 1149.

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