Prof. Anura Manatunga
Prof. Anura ManatungaSenior Professor
B.A.(Kel'ya), M.A.(Poona) , M.Sc.(Kel'ya), FSLCA
am@kln.ac.lk

Research Interests:

Archaeological Theory, History of Archaeology, Locational Archaeology, collapse of civilizations, South Asian Archaeology

Books:
  1. Kanda Saha Mitiyawata [Mountain and Valley] (2000) Raddolugama: An Author Publication. Poetry in Sinhala. 
  2. Sigiri Chita [Sigiriya paintings] (2000) Ja-Ela: Samanti Publishers.
  3. Natabumak Mata Hinda Liyami [Writing while sitting on a Ruin] (2005) Raddolugama: An Author Publication. Poetry in Sinhala.
  4. Ehelepola Devani Rajjuruvo [A biography of the Prime Minister of the last King] (2005) Ja-Ela: Samanti Publishers.
  5. Matale Distrikkaya: Pauranika Stana Saha Smaraka.[Matale District:AncientMonuments and Sites](2005)Government of Sri Lanka: Department of Archaeology.
  6. Kuvenita Liyapu Kavi [Poems written to Kuveni] (2006) Raddolugama: An Author Publication. Poetry in Sinhala.
  7. Pulatisipura Puranaya [Antiquity of Pulatisipura] (2007) Colombo: Ministry of Religious Affairs.
  8. Narakesak Dutu Esin [Through an eye which saw a gray hair] (2009) Raddolugama: An Author Publication. Poetry in Sinhala.
  9. 1818-Pratama Nidahas Satane Purogamiyo [Pioneers of the First Independent Struggle 1818] (2011), Colombo: Ministry of Cultureand the Arts. 

 Editorial Works

  1. Studies in the Decipherment of the Harappan Script and Harappan Seals (1989). Monograph edited with Benil Priyanka, Colombo: Tamarind Books.
  2. Retrospect: Monographic Series on Archaeology, Anthropology and History, Founded 1996. ISSN 1391-1783.
  3. Chirantana: Sinhala journal on Archaeology, History and Anthropology, Founded in 1996' ISSN 1391-1775.
  4. ArchaeoFacts: Periodical Newsletter in Archaeology, Founded in 1996.
  5. A survey of the activities of Brahmachari WalisingheHarischandra at Anuradhapura, By U.B. Karunanda, Retrospect No 2, Edited with I. Bulankulame and A. Abeysingha, 1997.
  6. The Kandyan Uprisingin 1818: a list of the Participated, Suspected and Acquiesced persons, By Bandara Manatunga, Retrospect No. 3, Edited with I. Bulankulame and P. Rathnayaka, 1998.
  7. British Impact on NuwaraKalawiya during the Nineteenth Century, By U. B. Karumananda Retrospect No 4, Edited with Kamani Jayasekara and Esha Gamlath, 1999.
  8. Nissanka; Journal of the Polonnaruva Project, Edited with M. Amarasinghe, Central Cultural Fund, 2000.
  9. Vayamba Putra Prasadini, Monograph edited with G. Adikari, C. Dambadeniarachchi and S. Ihalagama. Colombo: Central Cultural Fund, 2005.
  10.  Puratana: Monograph on Archaeology, Edited with W. Wijepala, Colombo, Central Cultural Fund. 2005.
  11. Mahavamsaya 5,  Member of the Editorial Board, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, 2010.
  12. Abstract Volume of the 3rd International Congress of the Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSAA), Edited with Vasanth Shinde, University of Kelaniya, 2010.
  13. Abstract Volume of the 1st Biennial Conference of the International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH), Edited with Ranjith Bandara and Amalka Wijesuriya, Sri Lanka Foundation , 2011.
  14. Abstract Volume of the Ananda Coomaraswamy Memorial Conference on Asian Art, University of Kelaniya , 2012.
  15. Asian Art and Culture, Papers in Honour of Ananda Coomaraswamy, University of Kelaniya, 2012.
  16. Abstract Volume of the 2nd Biennial Conference of the International Association of Asian Heritage (IAAH), University of Kelaniya, 2013.
  17. Asian Art, Culture and Heritage, Edited with Chamindi Dilkushi Senaratne Wettewe,University of Kelaniya, 2013.
  18. Personalities in Asian Heritage: Edited with Thilini Meegaswatta, Colombo, and International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH), 2013.

 Articles  and booklets.

  1. "Sigiri Chitravala Sailiya Pilibanda Keti Satahanak" [Note on the style of Sigiriya paintings],InVasundara,No. 2, Journal of the Archaeology Student Society of University of Kelaniya, 1985.
  2.   "Sigiri Chita: Nawa Arthakatanayak" [Sigiri Paintings: A New Interpretation] In Paryeshana        No: 2, The Bulletin of the Archaeological Research Team of University of Kelaniya, 1986.
  3. "Kandalame Tara Devaganage Rupaya Newata Soyageneema"[Rediscovery of the Painting of Goddess Tara from Kandalama]. In Vimasuma, Vol.2, 1987.
  4.  "Sigiri len Chitra. [Cave Paintings of Sigiriya].  Vidyodaya :The Journal of the Vidyodaya Institute of Pali and Buddhist University of Sri Lanka, 1988)
  5. "An Interpretation of the so-called Proto - Siva Seal from Mohenjodaro". In Studies in the Decipherment of the Harappan Script and Harappan Seals, Colombo: Tamarind Books, 1988.
  6. "The Kiri Oya Valley", In   The Settlement Archaeology of the Sigiriya Dambulla Region. Edt. Bandaranayake, S. Mats Morgan and S. Epitawatta. Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, 1990.
  7. "The Maradammaduva -Tabbova Culture: Terracottas found at Manaveva in the vicinity of Inamaluva". In The Settlement Archaeology of the Sigiriya Dambulla Region.1990
  8. "Mohenjodaroven Soyagath Mudrawala Dekwena Manawa Saha Satva Rupa PilimbandaVimarshanayak"[An Analysis on the Zoomorphic and Anthromophic forms on the Seals discovered at Mohenjodaro]. In Kala Sangarava (The Quarterly Journal of the Art Council of Sri Lanka) Vol. 38& 39, Sep. Dec 1991.
  9. "Sigiri Chitra Walin Nirupita parani Sri Lankika Streenge Vastrabarana [Costumes and Ornamentation of Ancient Sri Lankan Women as Depicted by the Paintings at Sigiriya]. In Kala Sangarava Vol. 40, March 1992.
  10. "Sigiri Chitra: Takshanaya Saha sailiya" [Sigiri Paintings: Techniques and Styles]. In Kala Sangarava Vol. 43, Dec. 1992.
  11. "Stupa Pesave Sanketartaya" [Symbolism of the Stupa Pesava]. In Sanskrutika Puranaya (The Sinhala Quarterly of the Central Cultural Fund) Vol.1, No.3, Sep.1992.
  12. "Sigiri Chitravala Visayak Kshetraya" [Subject Matter of the Sigiri Paintings]. In Kala Sangarava, Vol 43, 1992
  13.  "Paranavitanage Puravidya Keneem". [Archaeological Excavations of Paranavitana],   In Sanskrutika Puranaya Vol. 1, No. 4, Dec. 1992.
  14. "Brahmi Akshara malawe Prabhavaya Pilimbada Getalu". [Problems of the Origin of Brahmi Script].  In Sanskrutika Puranaya, Vol.1, No.5, March 1995.
  15.  "Sigiriyen Soyagath Aprakata Bitusituwam dekak". [Two Lesser Known Paintings from Sigiriya].In Kavtukagara, The Sinhala Bulletin of the National Museums Department of Sri Lanka, Vol.2, No.1, 1995
  16. " Alakolawewa Len Viharaye Chitra" [Paintings at the Alakolaveva Rock Shelter} In  Sanskrutika Puranaya, Vol.2, No.1: 1995
  17. Research Potentiality in Sri Lanka for studies on the Origin of Agriculture: A feasibility Survey. In Retrospect, No 1:  1996.
  18.  "Sri Lankawe Parani Chitra Saha moorti Pilimbanda paranavitanage paryeshanapilimbada Vimarshanayak" [An analytical study on Paranavitana's contribution to the field of ancient Sri Lankan Paintings and Sculpture].In Studies in Social Sciences, Journal of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya. Vol.1, No. 1, 1996
  19. "H.C.P. Bellge Puravidya katautu Pilimbanda Samalochanayak" [Archaeological activities of H.C.P. Bell].In  Chirantana No. 1,  Raddolugama, E.M.I.P. Ekanayake. 1996.
  20. "Sri Lankawe Pragaitihasika Paryeshanawala Itihasaya pilimbanda Samalochanayak" [A summary of the Prehistoric Researchers in Sri Lanka] In  Chirantana, No. 2, December 1996.
  21. "Balaya Bedima Saha Aitihasika Sampradaya". [Devaluation of Power and the Historical Tradition]. In Balaya Beda Herima; Atitaya, Vartamanaya and Anagataya,Edt. by Chndraratana Bandara, Colombo, Government Press, 1997.
  22. The First Urbanization of Sri Lanka: An Investigation into Nagara sites referred in the Early Brahmi Inscriptions, In Bulletin of the Indo- Pacific Prehistory Association. No 16, Edt. Peter Bellwood, Canberra. 1997.
  23. "Chayarupa Puravidyawata praveshayak" [An Approach to Photo-Archaeology] In  Lanka Camera" Vol 4 , No I, Magazine of the Sri Lanka Association of Photographers, 1999.
  24. Buddhist Epistemology and Archaeological Reasoning, Retrospect 5, 1999 .
  25.  "Sri Lankawe Puravidya Paryeshana Sandaha  Mulashra Ayatanayak Lesa JatikaLekhnagharaye Vedagathkama". [The importance of the National Archives as a information center for Archaeological research in Sri Lanka].In  Souvenir to Mark the National Archives Week –1999. Dept of National Archives, Colombo. 1999.
  26.  "E. R. Ayarton: Duragamanaka Arambhaya ". [ A  Beginning of a Long Journey : E.R. Ayarton 1912 -1914], In Chirantana :. No. 4, November 2000.
  27.  "Polonnaruva: Puravidyathmaka Praveshayaka Avashyatavaya: [Polonnaruva: A need of an Archaeological Approach] In NissankaVol. 01, No. 01, Alahana Parivena Project Central Cultural Fund, Polonnaruva, 2000.
  28. "Ellepola Maha Nilame" [A booklet jointly written with Bandara Manatunga on biography of Ellepola Maha Nilame who fought with English  at the Kandiyan Uprising in 1818]. Raddolugama, Indrani Ekanayake, 2001 
  29. "Madugalle Udagabada Nilame". [A booklet jointly written with Bandara Manatunga on  Madugalle Udagabada Nilame  who fought with English  at the Kandiyan Uprising in 1818]. Raddolugama, Indrani Ekanayake, 2002.
  30. "Kiulegedara Mohottala". [A booklet jointly written with  Bandara Manatunga on  Kiulegedara Mohottala  who fought with English  at the Kandiyan Uprising in 1818]. Raddolugama, Indrani Ekanayake, 2002.
  31. "Archaeological works of H.C.P.Bell", In Sri Lanka Heritage Vol I, 2003.
  32. "The Lost Goddess at Kandalama", In Sri Lanka Heritage Vol II, 2004.
  33. "Beyond the Artifacts and Ecofacts" in Essays in Archaeology; in honour of Professor Senake Bandaranayake, Godage international Publications, 2004.
  34. "Monaravila Keppetipola" A booklet written for the commemoration of Monaravila Keppetipola, the leader of the 1818 uprising. Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, 2004.
  35.  " Pratama Nidahas Aragalayata Uradun Vayamba Putrayo".[ Sons of the North-Western Province  who are involved  in the 1818 uprising  Vayamba  Puthra Prasadini , Central  Cultural Fund , 2005.
  36.  "Puravidyava: Ehi Aramunu Saha Vishyak Kshshtraya". [Archaeology: It's aims and scope ] Purathana, Central Cultural Fund. 2005
  37.  " Polonnaruva Purana pana Nagaraya Lesa handuna Genima".[Identification of Polonnaruva as the ancient Pana Nagara], In  Essays in Archaeology ; Inhonour  ofProfessor H.T. Basnayake,  Godage International Publications, 2005
  38. "Tissamaharamayedi Miyagiya Puravidyangnaya'. [Archaeologist who died at Tissamaharama] , In Hambantota Distrikkaya, Central Cultural Fund, 2005.
  39. "Cereal Cultivation in the Horton Plains: Prehistoric or Later Historic?" in Retrospect, No. 6, 2006.
  40. "Gal vihara Pratima handuna ganeme Prayathnayak". [ An attempt to identify images at Gal Vihara]  In Pranama: Professor Nandasena Mudiyanse Felicitation: Colombo, S. Godage Publishers, 2006.
  41. "Britanyan yatate Nilatala hebau matara Prabhuvaru 1823-1900 [ Elites of Matara who held posts under the British 1823-1900] . In Matara Vamsaya :Ministry of Culture and national Heritage, Government of Sri Lanka. 2008.
  42. "Sinhala- Muslim riots in 1915: an index of documents deposited at the National Archives, Sri Lanka". In Retrospect No. 7 2009.
  43. Excavations at the World Heritage City at Polonnaruva" in "Abhijnan: FelicitatingA.K.M. Zakariah", BAR International Series, 2009.
  44. "Polonnaruve Puravidya Paryeshana Katautu" [Archaeological research activities at Polonnaruva]. In Pulatisi Vamsaya: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, 2009.
  45. "Sri Lanka and South East Asia during the period of the Polonnaruva kingdom". In Nagapattinam to Suvarnadvipa: Singapore National University, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009.
  46. " Marga Sanskrutiye Sannivedana Lakshana: Rata Vahanawala Yoda ati Pradarshana Patha Pilimbanda Vimarshanayak".[Communication features of the Road Culture: An analisis on the display legends on vehicles] In Sanstuti; Prof. Chandrasiri Palliyaguru FelicitationVolume , Godage Brothers, 2009.
  47. "Uve mulkaleena Ingreesi palanaya saha Maha Kerelle pasubima". [Early English administration of Uva and the background of the Great Rebellion], In Festschrift for Professor S.B. Hettiaratchi , Nugegoda, Sarasavi Publishers, 2010.
  48. "Nelum Pokuna, Polonnaruva" In the monograph issued to mark the declare opening of the Nelum Pokuna Mahainda Rajapaksha Theatre, Government Information Department, 2011.
  49. "Tagore's influence on the art and culture of Sri Lanka" in Contemporarising Tagore and theworld, Dhaka, University of Dhaka, 2013.
  50. " Murusi Dupate Sirakaruvo" .[Prisoners in Mauritius island ] , Booklet written with Bandara Manatunga, Raddolugama, E.M.I.P. Ekanayaka. , 2013
  51. "Kalinga – Sri Lanka relations : Patronage to Buddhism by Kalinga king Nissanka Malla (1187-1196 AD) of the Polonnaruva kingdom" in  Buddhism and Maritime Heritage of South East Asia: Bhubaneswar, Odishan Institute of Maritime & South East Asian Studies, 2014.
  52.  " Sri Lankawe Jana Lekhana ekreskirima saha sanrakshanaya" , [A report on Collection and conservation of Folk Archival materials in Sri Lanka], Five Year Development Plan 2014-2018, Ministry of Culture and the Art, Government of Sri Lanka. 2014.
  53. "International politics, foreign policies and museums in Asia", Museum in motion: Ideas, issues and challenges, Kolkata, University ofCalcutta, 2014.
  54. "Udarata Rajjyaye bindaweteema Saha Ingreesi Adipatyaye Arambhaya".[Fall of the Kandyan kingdom and the begging of the English Administration], 66- Nidahasata Sampraveshayak: Monograph published to mark the 66th Independence day of Sri Lanka. Government Information Department. 2014.  

Abstracts (Selected)

  1. "Excavations at the Terra-cotta site at Manaveva". Paper presented at the International Conference onComparative Studies inLandscape Archaeology. Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, 1994.
  2. "The terracotta hoards culture of Sri Lanka: An interpretative study". Paper presented at the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Kelaniya, 2001.
  3. "An interpretation into the ambiguous Jina-patisatariya in the inscriptions of the middle Anuradhapura period". Paper presented at the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Kelaniya, 2005.
  4. "Recent history of Sri Lankan archaeology: A review by an on-looker". Paper presented at the Prof. H.D. Sankalia Birth Centenary Seminar, Deccan College Postgarduate and Research Institute, Pune, India. 2007.
  5. " Dutta saha Saul yana raja namayan pilimbada yali Vimasumak [ Re examination of the royal titles ' Dutta' and 'Saulu'] , Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Sciences, Sri Lanka, University of Kelaniya, 2007.
  6. "From forest to polity: Veddas as chieftains in Medieval Sri Lanka ". Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Sciences, Sri Lanka, University of Kelaniya, 2008.
  7. " The Chola invasion of Sri Vijaya: was it a misunderstanding of an invasion to Southern Sri Lanka?" presented at the  20thConference of the International Association Historians of Asia (IAHA), New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2008.
  8. "The identity of the person referred to as 'Ehelepola', a Dissava of Sath Korale in the last years of the Kandyan Kingdom". Presented at the 2nd Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka. Colombo, 2008.
  9. "An interpretation into the ambiguous materamajibaka in the Later Brahmi inscriptions of Sri Lanka" Paper presented at the  Monthly lecture series of theRoyal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka , January 2008.
  10. "Beads beyond personal ornamentation: An understanding of beads found in Buddhist monastic contexts" Paper presented at the 2ndInternational Congress of the Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSAA), Shiraz, Iran, 2008.
  11. " Buddhist Stupas at Anuradhapura: An investigation into early archaeological activities" Paper presented at the 3rd International conference of the Sri LankaAssociation for Buddhist Studies, Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, 2008.
  12. "Iron in Pre- Modern Sri Lanka: caste groups and localities of production." ,Paper presented at the World Iron Conference. London: natural History Museum , 2009
  13. "Pabbata Vihara yany Parvata Vihara Nowe" [ Pabbata Vihara are not Parvata Vihara], Paper presented at the National Archaeological Symposium, Department of Archaeology, 2009 .
  14. "The moonstone and associated sculptural elements at the entrances of Buddhist viharas at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, A new interpretation ". Presented at the International Seminar onBuddhist Heritage, Gujarat, Vadodara, 2010.  
  15. "Metal work in Pre-Modern Sri Lanka". Presented at the International Conference on Pioneering Metallurgy, UK- India Education and Research Initiative, Bangalore, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2011.
  16. "An interpretation of the Buddha statues at Galvihare, Polonnaruva". Presented at the International Conference on Archaeology of Buddhism, Colombo, SAARC Cultural Centre, 2012.
  17. "Reconstruction of Ruined Stupas and Revivalism of Buddhism in Sri Lanka" Paper presented at the International Conference onDharma –Dhamma , Bhopal, India , 2012.
  18. " Household Archaeology: A theoretical perspective". Paper presented jointly with Astha Dibyopama at the International conference on Asian art, culture and heritage, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2013.
  19. "Museum objects of foreign origin: A study into issues related to accession, repatriation and legal rights", Paper presented at the International Conference on Heritage, Visuality and Museology, Kolkata, University of Calcutta, 2013.
  20. " Anagarika Dharmapala and Alexander Cunningham : A comparative study on the two approaches to Buddhist sites in India". Presented at the International Conference on Alexander Cunningham, Varanasi, Benaras Hindu University, 2014.
  21. "Ambedka's Ceylon visit and the World Fellowship of Buddhists", presented at the International Conference on Baba Sahib Ambedkar, Lucknow, Ambedkar University,2014.
  22. "Sigiriya Paintings: Understanding of the subject matter in the context of cityscape ". Presented at the 22ndInternational Conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art (EASAA), Stockholm, 2014.

 Editorial Consultancy

  1. Archaeologia Zeylanica ,Vol. 1. Part1. Department of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2011,
  2. Archaeologia Zeylanica ,Vol. 1. Part 2. Department of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya,Sri Lanka. 2011, 
  3. Journal of History and Civilization ,Vol.1, Department of Islamic History and Civilization, Asian University of Bangladesh, 2013.

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