Maritime Archaeology in Sri Lanka
The VOC’s presence in Sri Lanka, and of other trading companies, has resulted in a rich maritime heritage (above and under the water surface). There are two main projects that focuses on underwater heritage: Avondster project and the UNESCO fieldschool for Underwater Cultural Heritage (see also website of UNESCO Bangkok Underwater Cultural Heritage in Asia Pcific Waters. The latter is a project that is initiated in line with the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001). The aim of this project is to provide courses in underwater archaeology and conservation, and to encourage knowledge exchange between countries. The Avondster project had been set up after the discovery of the Anglo-Dutch East-Indiaman Avondster in the Bay of Galle in 1993. Its aim was to conduct survey and to excavate and conserve the site and artefacts, through involvement of Sri Lankan professionals. As a result, a Mutual Heritage Centre and a Maritime Archaeological Unit were established.
Sri Lankan experts
Maritime institutions in Sri Lanka
Maritime Archaeological Unit at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka