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Country Summary for SRI LANKA

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property

Ancient Monument means any monument which dates, or may reasonably be believed to date from, a period prior to the 2nd day of March, 1815, and includes any other monument which has been declared to be an ancient monument, and any tree declared to be such. (Antiquities Ordinance, Sects. 16, 17, & 48)


Antiquity means any ancient monument or any of the following objects which date, or may reasonably be believed to date, from a period prior to the 2nd day of March, 1815: statues, sculptured or dressed stone and marbles of all descriptions, engravings, carvings, inscriptions, paintings, writings, and the material whereon the same appear, all specimens of ceramic, glyptic, metallurgical and textile art, coins, gems, seals, jewels, jewelry, arms, tools, ornaments, and all other objects of art which are movable property. (Antiquities Ordinance, Sect. 48)


Archaeological Heritage means that part of the material heritage of mankind which provides primary information and includes all vestiges of human existence and places relating to all manifestations of human activity, abandoned structures and remains of all kinds (including subterranean and underwater sites), together with all the portable cultural material associated with them. (Antiquities Ordinance, Sect. 48)


Archaeological Reserve means any area of land designated by the Director-General as such. (Antiquities Ordinance, Sect. 33)


Director-General of Archaeology (“Director-General”) means the person appointed to be or to act as Director-General of Archaeology and includes any person authorized by the Director-General of Archaeology in respect of any power, duty, or function of the Director-General of Archaeology under the Antiquities Ordinance. (Antiquities Ordinance, Sect. 48)

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IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions

V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions

VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
Dr. Sanuja Kasthuriarachchi, Director of the National Museum
Post Box No. 584
Colombo 07
Ph: +94 11 2695366; +94 11 2854635; +94 11 2694767
Fax: +94 11 2692092