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US embassy provides funds to Sri Lanka archaeology department

The US embassy in Sri Lanka has provided Sri Lanka’s Department of Archaeology with a $40,120 grant for the “conservation of archaeological materials”.

A statement by the embassy said that the project will “promote new and enhanced conservation standards by building physical and professional capabilities to preserve and manage public archaeological collections."

“I am so pleased that these preservation efforts will benefit some of Sri Lanka’s most priceless artifacts,” said Ambassador Sison.

“The Fund for Cultural Preservation ensures that the Department of Archeology can continue to promote Sri Lanka’s rich, cultural heritage for future generations to appreciate."

The Department of Archaeology is accused of supporting the structural genocide, through its excavations and discoveries of Buddhist artefacts in the Tamil homeland, and has been involved in building Buddhist stupas in the North-East with the support of the Sri Lankan Army.

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