Monday, March 14, 2011

Rare Ancient Silk Material Discovered in Sri Lanka

Piece of silk cloth belonged to 2nd century AD discovered from Sri Lanka
Mon, Mar 14, 2011, 09:13 pm SL Time, Colombo
Page News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 14, Colombo: The Archeological Department of Sri Lanka announced the discovery of a piece of silk cloth belonged to the second century AD.

The piece of silk cloth was excavated from an ancient Buddhist pagoda, Kotavehera Stupa at Daliwala in Rambukkana of Kegalle district.

Tests conducted by an Australian archeological expert has proven that the piece of cloth belonged to the second century, said the Archeological Commissioner General Dr. Senarath Dissanayake.

He pointed out that such ancient evidence had not been discovered even from India.

The discovery proves the use of silk in ancient Sri Lanka even though there were no reports of silk being manufactured in the country indicating that Sri Lanka was part of the ancient "Silk Road".

Several other artifacts were also discovered from the excavation site, where excavation commenced in 2001.

There is definitely a political propaganda tone to this news article, but it is, nonetheless, a very important discovery.

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