Sudharshan Seneviratne

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Title(s) Prof.
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First name Sudharshan
Surname Seneviratne
Gender male
Country of Residence Sri Lanka
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Function Director General
Education Professor University of Peradenija
Expertise Archaeology
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Archaeology, Sri Lanka

Sudharshan Seneviratne (born May 1949) was Head of the Department of Archaeology for nearly ten years at the University of Peradeniya and holds the only Chair in Archaeology within the University system of Sri Lanka. He was educated at Ananda College, Colombo and received his complete University education in India, his adopted home for ten years. Having completed the BA (Hon.) Degree at Hindu College, Delhi University, Seneviratne became the first Sri Lankan to receive, both, the Masters and Doctoral Degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His doctoral thesis, entitled the Social Base of Early Buddhism in southeast India (Andhra and Tamilnadu) and Sri Lanka, 3rd Century BC to 3rd Century AC, worked under the supervision of Professor Romila Thapar was the first multi-disciplinary doctoral thesis undertaken from a cross regional perspective on this region. Seneviratne also was the first Sri Lankan to receive a merit fellowship awarded from the Indian Council of Historical Research in support of his doctoral research. He is the 2012-2013 Edwin F. Arnold Visiting Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Whitman College, USA.

In the course of the last thirty odd years he has worked extensively at Sri Lankan and Indian archaeological sites and has contributed towards cross regional studies, innovative research methodologies in interpretative archaeology and training the next generation of archaeologists in south Asia. As early as 1980 he pioneered the introduction of Early Iron Age Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology (including sections in Archaeological Sciences), Settlement Archaeology, Pre Industrial Technology and Ethnoarchaeology to the University curriculum in Sri Lanka. His publications in international learned journals, numbering over fifty, cover a wide range of multi disciplinary topics in problem-oriented and issue-related archaeological research.

Professor Seneviratne has represented Sri Lanka at several international fora and holds membership in numerous national and international professional organizations and policy-making committees relating to archaeology, heritage management and Higher education. He is Archaeological Director of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jetavana at Anuradhapura, Director & Senior Coordinator of UNESCO & NORAD Heritage Projects, Co-Director of the Anuradhapura Citadel Archaeology Project and the Galsohonkanatta Megalithic Project. Seneviratne is a member of the Board of Management at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, the Advisory Board to the Director General of Archaeology in Sri Lanka and Board of Governors of the Institute of Fundamental Studies (Kandy).


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Budget Support to Central Cultural Fund as post Tsunami support
Conservation of Munneswaram Devale at Chilaw
Conservation of the Main Fort and Old Nupe Market at Matara
Conservation of Dutch Fort in Negombo
Conservation/Landscaping layout and presentation of the World Heritage Site at Galle
Conservation/Landscaping layout and presentation of the World Heritage Site at Galle
Development of the Functions of the Maritime Archaeology Museums to be established in Galle
Conservation of the Dutch Fort and other buildings at Kalpitiya
Establishment of an Oceanographic institute affiliated to the UNESCO Asia Pacific Maritime Archaeology Training Centre in Galle
Management of Heritage Data and Built Heritage of Word Heritage Site at Galle
Technical Assistance Programme and strengthening of the Mutual Heritage Centre

Projects referring to this expert
Budget Support to Central Cultural Fund as post Tsunami support
Conservation of Dutch Fort in Negombo
Conservation of Munneswaram Devale at Chilaw
Conservation of the Dutch Fort and other buildings at Kalpitiya
Conservation of the Main Fort and Old Nupe Market at Matara
Conservation/Landscaping layout and presentation of the World Heritage Site at Galle
Development of the Functions of the Maritime Archaeology Museums to be established in Galle
Establishment of an Oceanographic institute affiliated to the UNESCO Asia Pacific Maritime Archaeology Training Centre in Galle
General Support to the Mutual Heritage Centre of the Central Cultural Fund
Institutional strengthening of the Mutual Cultural Heritage Centre in Sri Lanka II
Integrated Plan for Conservation, Preservation and Development of Cultural Heritage in the Southern Region within a concept ‘A Cultural Triangle in the South’ under the Netherlands-Sri Lanka Cultural Cooperation Programme 2006/2009
Management of Heritage Data and Built Heritage of Word Heritage Site at Galle
Technical Assistance Programme and strengthening of the Mutual Heritage Centre


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Publications and research:
Indian history & archaeology with special reference to South India, Early Iron Age archaeology, Environmental archaeology, Pre Colonial state formation, Pre Industrial urbanization, Ancient Materials & Technology, Ancient Trade & Exchange Systems, Epigraphic & Numismatic studies, Ethno-archaeology, Archaeology, Identities & Nationalism, Multi-cultural Studies in Higher Education Planning, Heritage & Cultural Resource Management.

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Since 2011 professor Sudharshan is working in the USA

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