Saturday, February 25, 2012

Publications of the Maritime Archaeology Unit - Central Cultural Fund - Galle - Sri Lanka

Publications of the Maritime Archaeology Unit - Central Cultural Fund - Galle - Sri Lanka
The Maritime Archaeology Unit (MAU) was founded in 2001 under the aegis of the Mutual Heritage Centre. It is managed by the Central Cultural Fund and sponsored by the Netherlands Cultural Fund for specific projects. Following the early research and explorations connected with the Galle Harbour Project of 1992, the Central Cultural Fund (CCF) and the Department of Archaeology took the initiative to make maritime archaeologists and conservators out of the archaeology graduates from the relevant institutes and the universities. Our main intention is to develop the maritime archaeological field in Sri Lanka in order to protect our valuable underwater cultural heritage.
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Sri Lanka is situated at a location where all shipping routes in the Indian Ocean meet. It has a very long coastline for an island which is so small. We also have a long recorded history during which we came into contact with all other seafaring people of the most countries who came here, mostly for trade. They referred to our country in glowing terms. They also made records of Sri Lankan visitors to foreign countries such as Rome and China.



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