Department of Archaeology

Government body of archaeological activities

About us

Director General of Archaeology

Currently the Department of Archaeology faces greater and challenging responsibilities than ever before whilst archaeology has become a well developed scientific discipline based on advanced technological methods. Sri Lanka despite the fact of being a tiny speck of an island in the Indian Ocean, is a land of prestige and glory, as she boasts of over two hundred and fifty thousand archaeological sites and a legacy of innumerable antiquities. According to the Antiquities Ordinance, No. 9 of 1940 and its Amendment No. 24 of 1998, the protection of this heritage is the sole responsibility of the Director General of Archaeology. No organization or other authority can deny the responsibility held by him.


The vision of the Department of Archaeology of Sri Lanka is to promote the proper management of Sri Lanka’s archeological heritage.


The mission of the Department of Archaeology of Sri Lanka is to function as Sri Lanka’s apex institution and chief regulatory body for the management of its archaeological heritage.


In order to fulfill its mission, the objectives of the Department of Archaeology of Sri Lanka are;

- Development of resources
- Protection of the total archaeological heritage of Sri Lanka
- Inventorisation of the archaeological heritage of Sri Lanka
        Movable antiquities
- Enhancement of public awareness of the archaeological heritage of Sri Lanka
- Conservation of sites/monuments and movable antiquities
- Research

Connect with us

Department of Archaeology
Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha,
Colombo - 07,
Sri Lanka.
Phone : +94 11 2692840, +94 11 2692841
Fax : +94 11 2696250
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