Tomb of Vijaya

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Tomb of Vijaya
විජය සොහොන
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Tomb of Vijaya
General information
StatusPreserved
Architectural style Tomb
LocationMedagama Kanda
AddressKanduboda, Moragane
Town or city Panduwasnuwara
Country Sri Lanka
Coordinates 07°34′27.3″N80°07′38.5″E / 7.574250°N 80.127361°E / 7.574250; 80.127361 Coordinates: 07°34′27.3″N80°07′38.5″E / 7.574250°N 80.127361°E / 7.574250; 80.127361
Designations Archaeological protected monument (6 July 2007)

Tomb of Vijaya (Sinhala : විජය සොහොන) is an ancient monument, situated on the hillock of Medagama Kanda, Panduwasnuwara DS in Sri Lanka. The monument site consists of a stupa shaped circular structure which is traditionally believed to be the tomb of King Vijaya (543–505 BCE), the first recorded ruler of Sri Lanka. The hillock of Medagama Kanda lies about 6 km (3.7 mi) south-east of the ancient kingdom, Panduwasnuwara and is surrounded by another two historic temples, Nikasala Aranya Senasanaya and Kande Medagama Raja Maha Vihara. In 2007 the monument was formally recognised by the Government as a protected archaeological site in Sri Lanka. [1]

The site was in a state of ruin before it was discovered by the Sri Lankan Department of Archaeology. During the excavation, archaeologists found some ashes placed inside the structure and carried out radiocarbon dating for them. According to the results the ashes are about 2,500–2,600 years old.[ better source needed ] In 1986, the Department of Archaeology conserved this structure as a protected monument and their investigations disclosed that the present brick monument belongs to the 10th century since the curvilinear bricks of the kot-karalla have some writing in Sinhala script from the 10th century on them. [2]

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References

  1. Gazette 1505 & 6 July 2007, p. 8.
  2. Wijesekera, Nandadeva (1990). Archaeological Department Centenary (1890-1990): History of the Department of Archaeology. Commissioner of Archaeology, 1990. p. 178.