Fwd: NEWS: A 2,200-year-old piece of silk found in Sri Lanka

Alexander Stolyarov astol007 at GATTAMELATA.COM
Tue Mar 15 08:22:00 UTC 2011

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Тема: NEWS: A 2,200-year-old piece of silk found in Sri Lanka
Дата: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:11:25 -0700 (PDT)
От: Yadamini Gunawardena <yadamini.gunawardena at yahoo.com>
Кому: ecai at berkeley.edu

The Australian National University has dated a piece of silk cloth, dug
up from
excavations at the Delivala Stupa in Rambukkana (Sri Lanka), to be 2,200
old, Director General of the Department of Archaeology Dr. Senarath
told The Island yesterday.

"This piece of silk, found during an excavation in 2001, belonged to the
century BC and it is the oldest piece of textile found in Sri Lanka,
to the conclusions of the Carbon 14 dating process led by Prof Judith
Cameron of
the Australian National University," he said.

Dr. Dissanayake said that this artifact once again confirms the
historical and
archaeological evidences that Sri Lanka was a hub in the ancient
maritime silk
route. This also validates the historical accounts of trade and other
links Sri
Lanka had with China. Not only silk and spices but also Buddhism had
the ancient silk route.

"This had been used to wrap a metal relic casket which is a miniature
replica of
a stupa. The silk had been faded, therefore it is difficult to ascertain
original colour until further laboratory investigations," he said.

The silk had been adorned with beads embedded into it, Dr. Dissanayake said
adding that the artifact was now kept at the Delivala Stupa site with
and if the need arose it would be shifted to the National Museum.

 Yadamini NR Gunawardena
Information & Communication Technologies Consultant

Innovative & Creative Technology Solutions
84, Kirillapona Avenue,
Colombo-05 00500
Sri Lanka

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