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University education

He studied at the University of Ceylon, Colombo, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Oriental Languages (Sinhala, Pali & Sanskrit) with Elements of Archaeology of India and Ceylon, in 1952. 

He obtained his MA in Fine Arts (Asian and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology) from the University of Calcutta, India in 1956. In India he studied under the tutelage of renowned experts in Indian history and Archaeology such as J.N. Banerjee, Nihar Ranjan Rai, and Sarasi Kumar Saraswati.

He obtained his PhD in General and Field Archaeology in 1964, from the Institute of Archaeology, London UK, under the expert tutelage of 2 titans of British archaeology, Prof. K. de B. Codrington and Prof. Raymond Allchin.

  • He trained in newer archeological techniques.
  • He received field experience in Wiltshire and Stonehenge. 
  • He also received training in Excavation Techniques at the University of Newcastle and Durham, which involved Hadrian’s wall site, Corebridge.
  • He was also the first Sri Lankan scholar to follow a Museology course conducted by the Museum Association, London
  • His PhD thesis was on ‘Religious architecture & sculpture of the Anuradhapura Period’.

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Other Awarded Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain
  • Fellow of the Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists (1996)
  • Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) Honoris Causa, University of Peradeniya (2010)