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* Sri Lanka uses ground penetrating radar mechanism in archeology
Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 09:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Department of Archeology says it has successfully finalized a pilot project of using ground penetrating radar mechanism to explore the underground archaeological monuments.

The technology was used in Sigiriya, Ibbankatuwa and Digampathaha archaeological sites to trace the historic monuments, constructions, and artifacts that are hidden in soil.

Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress believed to have constructed in the first millennium AD. It is famous for its colorful frescoes and is also one of major tourist attractions of Sri Lanka. Ibbankatuwa and Digampathaha are believed to be cemeteries of pre-historic age.

The Chairman of the National Geological and Mines Bureau Dr. A. Wijayananda says that the use of ground penetrating radar mechanism will be a major breakthrough of Sri Lanka's archaeology.

Japan has provided funds for the project to use the new ground penetrating radar mechanism in archaeology.

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