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12th century wall in Sri Lanka destroyed

A wall in Sri Lanka which dates back to the 12th century was destroyed by construction workers puting in a new water line.

An ancient wall which was said to have been built by King Parakramabahu the Great to protect the city was destroyed by an organised group using backhoes. More than 200 metres of the wall was destroyed during the last two days. The residents of the area said the Archaeological remains of the wall were destroyed for trenching to supply water to a few houses.

The residents of the area pointed out that the foundation of the wall and its bricks were destroyed by the individuals who were not concerned about the importance of the Archaeological remains. However, Director General of Archaeology, Dr. Senarath Dissanayake said he did not grant permission to carry out any excavations in the area and that he informed HQI Polonnaruwa to take action against the individuals concerned.

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2 thoughts on “12th century wall in Sri Lanka destroyed

  1. I think this is insane!

    What a horrible sight to see, from the sounds of it an extremly important piece of archaeology.


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