Colombo, Sep 13 (BAN/ AD: Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest archaeological museum of Anuradhapura has re opened to public after preservation on Thursday.
The U.S. Embassy in Colombo through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) had granted $150,000 grant for the preservation of artifacts at Museum. Central Cultural Fund and the Treasury’s Consolidated Fund had also contributed. The Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum was established on July 7, 1960 and the Department of Archeology has been conserving the site from time to time.
The U.S. Embassy previously supported the Museum, one of Sri Lanka’s most visited, with grants in 2009 and 2012. The Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) and the Sri Lanka Army have contributed to the renovation.
The Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum has more than 600 valuable artifacts for public viewing. The re opening event was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz, Director General of the Department of Archeology B. Mandawala, and former Director General of Archeology Dr. Shiran Deraniyagala.