Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Department of History and Archaeology

The Department of History was one of six departments established in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences when the University came into being in 1978. Archaeology was introduced in 1998, consequently renaming it as the Department of History and Archaeology. The department offers Special and General Degree Programs in both disciplines.

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Field Training Programs in Archaeology

Third year Special Degree Program students just returned after concluding an intense Field Training Program in Archaeological Excavation at Ilukkumbura cave site in Balangoda.

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Department of History and Archaeology
University of Ruhuna
Matara
Sri Lanka

Tel : +94 412222681/82 Ext: 3401
Fax : +94 412227010
Email : history@hss.ruh.ac.lk

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Welcome to the Department of History and Archaeology!

We offer Degree Programs in two sister disciplines, History and Archaeology, which feed each other giving students and staff a unique opportunity to interact and debate on related but distinct issues. These Degree Programs are designed to produce graduates with a broader and critical understating of the past.

In-course internship training programs are integrated to Special Degree Programs in both disciples in order to enhance the employability of our graduates. Being a field oriented discipline, Archaeology Special Degree Program has compulsory field training courses in addition to museum and laboratory training in the department. The Department houses an Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Filed Unit cum Conservation Lab and a Reference Library. Avalokana is the bi-annual journal of the Department where both staff and students can publish their research work.

We have an excellent academic environment within the department where our students grow as competent graduates who can take up challenges with confidence.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree Programme in History
Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level

1st Semester
HIS11613 Ancient History of Sri Lanka (From the beginning to 1215 AD) Core 03
ELG11612 Elements of English Grammar Core 02
ITS11613 Computer Literacy & Basic ICT Skills Core 03
SES11612 Ethics, Values and Vision of Life Core 02

2nd Semester
HIS12613 Medieval History of Sri Lanka (From 1215 AD to 16th Century AD) Core 03
ELG12612 Reading Skills Core 02
ITS12612 Essential Skills in Digital Presentation Core 02
SLG12612 Sinhala Writing Skills Core 02
2000 Level

1st Semester
HIS21613 Study of Sri Lankan Historical Sources 1 (From the beginning to 16th Century AD) Core 03
HIS21623 History of Colonial Period of Sri Lanka (From 16th Century AD to 181 5 AD) Core 03
HIS21633 History of India (From the beginning to 1236 AD) Core 03
HIS21643 History of Rohana Optional 03
HIS21653 Ancient Irrigation Technology and Water Management of Sri Lanka Optional 03
HIS21663 Foundation of Ancient Civilization Optional 03
MNS21613 Mathematical and Numerical Skills Core 03
TLG21613 Basic Tamil Core 03

2nd Semester
HIS22613 Study of Sri Lankan Historical Sources 11 (From 16 Century AD to 1948 AD) Core 03
HIS22623 History of British Period of Sri Lanka ( 1815 AD to 1948 AD Core 03
HIS22633 History of India 11 (From 1236 AD to 1947 AD) Core 03
HIS22643 Cultural Heritage of Sri Lanka Optional 03
HIS22653 Study of Indigenous knowledge of Sri Lanka Optional 03
HIS22663 History of South East Asia Optional 03
SES22613 Information Literacy and Scientific Communication Skills Core 03
SES22611 Socio-Emotional Skills Core 01
3000 Level

1st Semester
HIS31613 Political, Social, Economic and History of Sri Lanka after Independence (From 1948 AD to 2000 AD) Core 03
HIS31623 Research Methodologies in History Core 02
HIS31633 History of Europe (from 5th Century BC to 16th Century AD) Core 03
HIS31643 National Coexistence of Sri Lanka Optional 03
HIS31653 Womanhood and Women History of Sri Lanka Optional 03
HIS31663 History of Russia Optional 03
CSE31612 Philosophy of knowledge and Research Core 02
ELG31613 Academic Writing Skills Core 03

2nd Semester
HIS32613 Art History of Sri Lanka Core 03
HIS32623 Study of Alternative History and Documentation Core 03
HIS32633 History of Europe (from 16th Century AD to 1945 AD) Core 03
HIS32643 History of Philosophy Optional 03
HIS32653 History of America Optional 03
HRM32613 Human Resource Management Core 03
ELG32612 Business English Core 02
4000 Level

1st Semester
HIS41613 Study of Contemporary History Core 03
HIS41623 Historiography Core 03
HIS41643 Foreign Policy and International Relations of Sri Lanka after Independence Core 03
HIS41653 Historical Perspective of Human Right Optional 03
HIS41663 Modern World History Optional 03
ITS41612 Information and Communication Technology for Personal and Office Usage Core 02
ELG41612 Public Speaking Core 02
SES41611 Soft Skills and Personality Development Core 01
SES41632 Critical and creative thinking Core 02

2nd Semester
HIS42619 Dissertation Core 09
HIS42623 Internship Optional 03
HIS4263 The Historical Perspective of Developmental and Environmental Challenges of Sri Lanka Optional 03
Course Modules Offered for Bachelor of Arts Degree Programme
Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level
1st Semester HIS11513 Ancient History of Sri Lanka (From the beginning to 1215 AD) Core 03
2nd Semester HIS12513 Medieval History of Sri Lanka (From 1215 AD to 16th Century AD) Core 03
2000 Level
1st Semester HIS21523 History of Colonial Period of Sri Lanka (From 16th Century AD to 181 5 AD) Core 03
HIS21533 History of India (From the beginning to 1236 AD) Core 03
2nd Semester HIS22533 History of India 11 (From 1236 AD to 1947 AD) Core 03
3000 Level
1st Semester HIS31533 History of Europe (from 5th Century BC to 16th Century AD) Core 03
2nd Semester HIS32533 History of Europe (from 16th Century AD to 1945 AD) Core 03
HIS32513 Art History of Sri Lanka Core 03
Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
HIS 11513 Foundation of Ancient Civilization HIS 11513 Foundation of Ancient Civilization
1000 Level
2nd Semester
HIS 12513 Pre-history of India and Sri Lanka HIS 12513 Pre-history of India and Sri Lanka
2000 Level
1st Semester
HIS 21613 Political History of Sri Lanka (from the beginning to 1215 AD) HIS 21513 History of Sri Lanka (from the beginning to 16th Century AD)
HIS 21623 Study of Sri Lankan Historical Sources (from the beginning to 16th Century AD) HIS 21523 Histroy of India (from 6th Century BC to 16th Century AD)
HIS 21633 History of India (from 6th Century BC to 16th Century AD)
HIS 21643 Ancient Irrigation Technology and Water Management of Sri Lanka
HIS 21653 International Relations between Sri Lanka and South East Asia (from the beginning to 16th Century AD)
2000 Level
2nd Semester
HIS 22613 Political History of Sri Lanka (from 1215 AD to 1815 AD) HIS 22513 Histroy of Europe (from 5th Century BC to 16th Century AD)
HIS 22623 Economic, Social and Cultural History of Sri Lanka (from the beginning to 16th Century AD) HIS 22523 Study of Indigenous Knowledge of Sri Lanka
HIS 22633 History of Rohana
HIS 22643 History of Europe (from 5th Century BC to 16th Century AD)
HIS 22653 Study of Indigenous Knowledge of Sri Lanka
3000 Level
1st Semester
HIS 31613 National Struggle Movements and Constitutional Development in Sri Lanka (from 1815 AD to 1948 AD) HIS 31513 History of Sri Lanka (from 16th Century AD to 1948 AD)
HIS 31623 Study of Sri Lankan Historical Sources (from 16th Century AD to 20th Century AD) HIS 31523 History of India (from 16th Century AD to 1947 AD)
HIS 31633 History of India (from 16th Century AD to 1947 AD)
HIS 31643 History of United States of America (from the beginning to 1950 AD)
HIS 31653 History of Russia (19th and 20th Centuries AD)
HIS 31663 Cultural Heritage of Sri Lanka
3000 Level
2nd Semester
HIS 32613 Economic, Social and Cultural History of Sri Lanka (from 16th Century AD to 1948 AD) HIS 32513 History of Europe (from 16th Century AD to 1945 AD)
HIS 32623 Study of GIS and Cartography for History HIS 32523 Contemporary World History (from 1945 AD to 2000 AD)
HIS 32633 Research Methodologies in History
HIS 32643 History of Europe (from 16th Century AD to 1945 AD)
HIS 32653 Contemporary World History (from 1945 AD to 2000 AD)
HIS 32663 History and Womanhood of Sri Lanka
4000 Level
1st Semester
HIS 41613 Historiography
HIS 41623 Sri Lanka’s Political, Social and Economic Changes after Independence
HIS 41633 Internship
HIS 41643 Independent Research (Dissertation)
HIS 41653 Indo-Sri Lanka Relations
HIS 41663 New Political Trends of Indian Ocean Region
HIS 41673 China in the 20th Century
4000 Level
2nd Semester
HIS 42613 Foreign Policy and International Relations of Sri Lanka after Independence
HIS 42623 Ethnic History and National Cohesion of Sri Lanka
HIS 42633 Asian and European Political Thought (from the beginning to 20th Century AD)
HIS 42643 Independent Research (Dissertation)
HIS 42653 War History and Military Organizations of Sri Lanka
HIS 42653 Perspective of Human Rights
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree Programme in Archaeology
Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level

1st Semester
ACL11613 An Introduction to Archaeology Core 03
ELG11612 Elements of English Grammar Core 02
ITS11613 Computer Literacy & Basic ICT Skills Core 03
SES11612 Ethics, Values and Vision of Life Core 02

2nd Semester
ACL12613 An Introduction to Physical and Cultural Evolution of Man Core 03
ELG12612 Reading Skills Core 02
ITS12612 Essential Skills in Digital Presentation Core 02
SLG12612 Sinhala Writing Skills Core 02
2000 Level

1st Semester
ACL21613 Theoretical Archaeology Core 03
ACL21623 Methods and Techniques in Archaeology Core 03
ACL21633 Research Methodology Core 03
ACL21643 History of Civilizations Core 03
MNS21613 Mathematical and Numerical Skills Core 03
TLG21613 Basic Tamil Core 03

2nd Semester
ACL22613 Pre and Proto-history of India Core 03
ACL22623 Pre and Proto-history of Sri Lanka Core 03
ACL22633 Cartography, Photography and Drawing in Archaeology Core 03
ACL22643 Ancient Art and Architecture of India Optional 03
ACL22653 Archaeology of Ruhuna Optional 03
SES22613 Information Literacy and Scientific Communication Skills Core 03
SES22611 Socio-Emotional Skills Core 01
3000 Level

1st Semester
ACL31613 Archaeological Conservation Core 03
ACL31623 Computer Applications in Archaeology Core 02
ACL31633 Field Report I - Exploration Core 03
ACL31643 Ancient Art and Architecture in Sri Lanka Optional 03
ACL31653 History of Sri Lanka (From Beginning to AD 1815) Optional 03
CSE31612 Philosophy of knowledge and Research Core 02
ELG31613 Academic Writing Skills Core 03

2nd Semester
ACL32613 Paleography and Epigraphy of Sri Lanka Core 03
ACL32623 Numismatics of India and Sri Lanka Core 03
ACL32633 Field Report II - Excavations/ Conservations Core 03
ACL32643 Archaeological Heritage Management and Museums Optional 03
ACL32653 Industrial Archaeology Optional 03
HRM32613 Human Resource Management Core 03
ELG32612 Business English Core 02
4000 Level

1st Semester
ACL41613 World Prehistory: Global and Regional Perspectives Core 03
ACL41623 Underwater Archaeology Core 03
ACL41633 Environmental Archaeology Core 03
ACL41643 Settlement and Ethno-archaeology Optional 03
ITS41612 Information and Communication Technology for Personal and Office Usage Core 02
ELG41612 Public Speaking Core 02
SES41611 Soft Skills and Personality Development Core 01
SES41632 Critical and creative thinking Core 02

2nd Semester
ACL42619 Dissertation Core 09
ACL42623 Internship Training Optional 03
ACL42633 Archaeological Project Management Optional 03
Course Modules Offered for Bachelor of Arts Degree Programme
Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level
1st Semester ACL11513 An Introduction to Archaeology Core 03
2nd Semester ACL12513 An Introduction to Physical and Cultural Evolution of Man Core 03
2000 Level
1st Semester ACL21543 History of Civilizations Core 03
2nd Semester ACL22523 Pre and Proto-history of Sri Lanka Core 03
ACL22513 Pre and Proto-history of India Optional 03
ACL22543 Ancient Art and Architecture of India Optional 03
3000 Level
1st Semester ACL31543 Ancient Art and Architecture in Sri Lanka Core 03
ACL31513 Archaeological Conservation Optional 03
ACL31553 History of Sri Lanka (From Beginning to AD 1815) Optional 03
2nd Semester ACL32543 Archaeological Heritage Management and Museums Core 03
Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
ACL 11513 Introduction to Archaeology ACL 11513 Introduction to Archaeology
1000 Level
2nd Semester
ACL 12513 Techniques in Archaeology ACL 12513 Techniques in Archaeology
2000 Level
1st Semester
ACL 21613 History of Archeology in India and Sri Lanka ACL 21513 History of Archaeology in India and Sri Lanka
ACL 21623 History of Archaeology – A Global Perspective ACL 21523 History of Civilizations
ACL 21633 Field Report I - Exploration: Cartography and Photography ACL 21533 History of Sri Lanka: Trends and Dynamics
ACL 21643 History of Civilizations
ACL 21653 History of Sri Lanka: Trends and Dynamics
2000 Level
2nd Semester
ACL 22613 Methods and Techniques in Archaeology ACL 22513 Pre-history of Sri Lanka
ACL 22623 Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology ACL 22523 Ancient Art and Architecture of India
ACL 22633 Ancient Art and Architecture of India
ACL 22643 Research Methodology
ACL 22653 Compilation of an Assessment Report - Historical Archaeology
3000 Level
1st Semester
ACL 31613 Palaeography and Epigraphy of Sri Lanka ACL 31513 Palaeography, Epigraphy and Numismatics
ACL 31643 Archaeological Heritage Management and Elements of Museology ACL 31523 Archaeological Heritage Management and Elements of Museology
ACL 31653 Ancient Architecture in Sri Lanka ACL 31533 Ancient Architecture in Sri Lanka
3000 Level
2nd Semester
ACL 32613 Ancient Art in Sri Lanka ACL 32513 Ancient Art in Sri Lanka
ACL 32623 Numismatics of Sri Lanka and India ACL 32523 Ancient Technology and Intangible Heritage in Sri Lanka
ACL 32633 Student Internship Programme
ACL 32643 Compilation of an Activity Report on a Selected Aspect of Ancient Art and Architecture in Sri Lanka
ACL 32653 Ancient Technology and Intangible Heritage in Sri Lanka
4000 Level
1st Semester
ACL 41613 World Pre-history: Global and Regional Perspectives
ACL 41623 Pre and Proto-historic Archaeology in Sri Lanka
ACL 41633 Archaeology of Rohana
ACL 41643 Independent Research (Research Proposal and Presentation)
ACL 41653 Industrial Archaeology
ACL 41663 Ethno-archaeology
4000 Level
2nd Semester
ACL 42613 Computer Applications in Archaeology
ACL 42623 Environmental Archaeology
ACL 42633 Underwater Archaeology
ACL 42643 Independent Research (Dissertation)
ACL 42653 Settlement Archaeology