Senior Professor Gamini Adikari is appointed to the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund.

He has obtained a Special Degree in Archaeology from the University of Kelaniya and a Phd from same university, after carrying out his studies in Upsala University in Sweden.

Immediately after the graduation he was fourtunate enough to work under guidance of the famous Archaeologist Prof.Senaka Bandaranayake, in the Sigiriya Archaeological project of the Central Cultural Fund.

He has been a president of the National Council of Archeologists in Sri Lanka and he is the president of the ICOMAS, Sri Lanka branch. Presently he is the Director of the postgraduate institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya.

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DM 20170712 A0044The conservation of the Dambulla Rajamahavihara wall paintings was commenced by the Central Cultural Fund on the 11th of February 2017 under the patronage of Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education.

This project is executed as a joint venture by the Central Cultural Fund and the Archaeological Department.  The Hon, Minister and the gathering who participated at this event were made aware of the project component by the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund, Prof. Senerath Dissanayaka, the Director General of the Department of Archaeology and by Prof. Jagath Weerasinghe, the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology.

Minister of Education Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, took this opportunity to inspect the canvas paintings repository of the Dambulla Project of the Central Cultural Fund.

sigiriyaTechnology has been harnessed for the issuance of tourist tickets under the Central Cultural Fund. As the first stage, on 11th February 2017 Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the Minister of Education initiated the move from the Sigiriya Project.

The main objective of this exercise is to enable tourists to purchase their tickets with the least inconvenience to them. Consequently, both local and foreign tourists could purchase their tickets valid for three months from the date of purchase through the Internet. With the incorporation of the latest technology in sites of cultural interest, foreigners intending to visit the site now could purchase their tickets online prior to their arrival in the country. The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has been kind enough to give the technical assistance in this regard.

z p51-Shrouded1The Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Burial Site was opened for public viewing under the patronage of Hon. AkilaVirajKariyawasam the Minister of Education on 11th February 2017. Ibbankatuwa now identified as a Megalithic Burial site, which for over a period of two decades received the unstinted attention of local and foreign archaeologists was left to degradation for many years from lack of conservation. From 2015 as a Heritage Management Project it was subject to conservation for the local and foreign tourists. On the main themes of education, tourism, conservation and humanity, the development was fostered.

By the last quarter of 2015, a cluster of burials was subject to excavation within the legal archaeological framework and the final report of its findings is in the process of being compiled. Ibbankatuwa Megalithic archaeological site, which was in a state of ruin has now in its conserved state being instrumental in contributing to the upliftment of the pastoral economy and to the generation of economically developed environment resulting in the growth of the gross domestic product of the region. The lesson on Ibbankatuwa appearing in the grade 10 text book would relatively impart to school children, an educational background of the site to enable them to view it with added interest. Likewise, all amenities are provided for both local and foreign tourists visiting this site to appreciate the full potential of its prehistoric attributes.