Bandaraduwa Megalithic Cemetery

Bandaraduwa Megalithic Cemetery

Bandaraduwa Megalithic Cemetery (Sinhala: බණ්ඩාරදූව මෙගලිතික සුසාන) is an ancient pre-historic burial site situated in Bandaraduwa village in Ampara District, Sri Lanka.

Cist Burials

The site consists of a large number of tombs of cist type. In this type, the remains of the deceased (vessels containing ashes/bone fragments and other belongings used by the individual) are placed within the cist made of four stone slabs kept to form a rectangular space. A flat slab of rock is then placed over the burial. 

A Protected Site

The government has declared the Bandaraduwa megalithic cemetery site (n Grama Niladhari Division No. W/104B/ 2, Bandaraduwa in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Uhana) an archaeological protected monument through a gazette notification published on 26 December 2014.

See Also


1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1895. 26 December 2014. p.1150.


1) would like to thank ගල්ඔය News for providing the necessary photographs required for this article. All the photos are published here with the permission of the author.

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This page was last updated on 22 April 2023

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