COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The Department of Archaeology has concluded it investigations launched to identify the cultural and historic items that went missing after protesters stormed the President’s House in July.
The Department said the investigative report will be handed over to Police shortly.
Several teams were part of the investigation.
The Archaeology Department was not in possession of the lists of artifacts and cultural assets at the President’s House, and therefore requested the Secretary to the President to provide them with the list to commence the investigation.
The Director-General of Archaeology, Professor Anura Manatunga informed the Secretary to the President to provide the complete list of items in the President’s House and subsequently it received the list.
Investigations revealed that the paintings and drawings in the President’s House were mostly damaged due to the activities of some who entered the premises on the 9th of July.
Meanwhile, the Department is also in the process to gazette the President’s House, the Presidential Secretariat, Temple Trees and the Office of the Prime Minister as sites of historical importance.