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Dr. Wijerathne Bohingamuwa Elected as the 14th President of the Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists

The Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists (SLCA) has ushered in a new era with the election of Dr. Wijerathne Bohingamuwa as its 14th President. An accomplished archaeologist and an esteemed scholar, Dr. Bohingamuwa has been recognized for his significant contributions to the field of archaeology, both locally and internationally.

Dr.Wijerathne Bohingamuwa

Dr. Bohingamuwa has a distinguished academic background, holding a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree from the University of Cambridge (Cantab.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Oxford (Oxon). His commitment to education is evident in his role as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ruhuna, where he has inspired and mentored numerous students.

In addition to his teaching position, Dr. Bohingamuwa is a respected Fellow of the Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the country’s archaeological heritage. His work has significantly advanced the understanding of Sri Lanka’s rich historical tapestry and has underscored the importance of protecting ancient sites and artefacts.

The SLCA plays a crucial role in advising and partnering with government bodies on matters concerning archaeological research, conservation, and education. With Dr Bohingamuwa at the helm, the council is expected to continue its critical work, engaging with contemporary issues such as the impact of development on archaeological sites and integrating modern technologies in archaeological research.

Colleagues and students alike have lauded Dr Bohingamuwa’s passion for archaeology, his dedication to his students, and his ability to bridge the gap between academia and public understanding of historical preservation. His leadership comes at a time when the discipline is increasingly recognized for its relevance in understanding the past and shaping the future.

The SLCA, along with the broader archaeological community, anticipates a period of growth and increased visibility under Dr. Bohingamuwa’s guidance. His vision for the council and for Sri Lanka’s archaeological heritage is expected to bring new initiatives and educational programs that will further enhance the council’s mission.

Dr. Wijerathne Bohingamuwa’s election as President of the SLCA is a testament to his outstanding reputation and the high regard in which his peers hold him. The SLCA extends its heartfelt congratulations to Dr Bohingamuwa on his achievement and looks forward to his contributions to promoting and preserving Sri Lanka’s archaeological record for future generations.

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