Research & Publication - PGIAR

All members of the academic staff and many associated scholars are engaged in individual or team-based research projects. The PGIAR undertakes research projects and carries out research and documentation for institutions such as the Department of Archaeology, the Central Cultural Fund and the Department of National Museums. The research output of the institute is published in local and foreign journals and monographs.

following subject areas as its research terrains

Archaeological theory and problematics | Prehistoric and protohistoric archaeology | Archaeology and history: historical records | Historical archaeology | Pre-industrial technology and history of science | Architecture and garden history | Art history: sculpture, painting, prints and crafts | Paleography, epigraphy and numismatics | Ethno-archaeology, cultural anthropology and anthropological archaeology | Environmental archaeology, geo and bio-archaeology | Museology | Conservation/ preservation of cultural property | Heritage / cultural resource management | Public archaeology; Public and social responsibility of archaeology | Development of archives and archival studies on archaeology and related subjects | Archaeological sciences such as Metallurgy, dating, etc... | Cognitive archaeology | Ancient languages such as Pali, Sanskrit, and etc...

Current Research

Archaeological research is currently being conducted by researchers at the PGIAR

Human and Faunal material from Prehistoric and Historic strata in Sri Lanka

Studying of all human skeletal materials and faunal remains unearthed from archaeo-logical sites in Sri Lanka will be undertaken in this research.

Glass and Glaze’: production and Use of Glass and Glaze in Ancient Sri Lanka

undertake a comprehensive study of the use and production of glass and glaze in ancient Sri Lanka

Yan Oya Middle Basin Mortuary Archaeology Research Project (YOMB)

undertake a comprehensive study of the use and production of glass and glaze in ancient Sri Lanka

Settlement Pattern Study of Upper Ma Oya

settlement distribution pattern in the landscape chronologically and geographically, which includes getting holistic view of the social dynamics from the prehistoric period to the late historic period.

Hunter Transition

How the Pleistocene hunter-gatherers made resilience on the Holocene climatic? and also addressing the problem of tolerance towards the minor climatic oscillations triggered off by the Holocene sea-level changes.

Palaeo-environment: -Social-Ecological Dynamics in Rapid Economic Development: Infrastructure and coastal Change in South-eastern Sri Lanka

Aim to understand the link between coastal environmental changes and socio-ecological changes and integrated management of the South-Eastern coastal zone (from Hambantota to Batticaloa).

Image worship generated in Mahavihara at Anuradhapura

Religious and architectural mix bag of the image worship from 3rd Century BC to 10th Century AD.

The emergence of modernism in art and the modern female subjectivity

The research based on selected mural sites from Gampaha,Colombo,Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts in Southern and Western Provinces of Sri Lanka.

PGIAR Publication

The results of the research conducted by the staff and researchers of the Postgraduate Institute of Archeology are published as occasional papers and memoirs.

National Contribution Research Project

The Postgraduate Institute of Archeology makes a direct contribution to the development of the country and the preservation of the archaeological heritage. In particular, the Central Cultural Fund, the Department of Archeology, the National Museum and other government agencies are conducting this research.

About Us

The Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology (PGIAR) was established on the 1st January 1986, by order dated 18th December 1985, under section 24A of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 by the University Grants Commission. The PGIAR is a Postgraduate Institute of the University of Kelaniya. It is the prime institution for postgraduate studies and research in archaeology and subjects related to archaeology in the country.


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  • Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology
  • No. 407, 
  • Bauddhaloka Mawata
  • Colombo 7
  • Sri Lanka
  • (+94) 112 685 217