Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Amalka Wijesuriya, J. W. (Mr.)

Lecturer (Probationary)

Department of History & Archaeology
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Ruhuna
Matara 81000
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 777342038 / +94 719548588

Email: jwamalka@yahoo.com

Biography:

Mr. Amalka Wijesuriya, currently a Lecturer (Probationary) of Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ruhuna.

He received his BA in Archaeology from the University of Kelaniya, PG Diploma in Archaeology from Post graduate Institute of Archaeology (PGIAR), University of Kelaniya and he obtained his Master’s Degree in Archaeology from Deccan College, Post-graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India. Amalka Wijesuriya holds ‘Fulbright Professional Scholar Award’ to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

Mr. Wijesuriya is a professional field archaeologist and a professional underwater archaeologist as well with professional diving experience, currently engaging with number of leading ongoing underwater archaeology projects in the country. He is also specialized in areas of archaeological techniques and methods, ancient beads analysis, maritime trade, ancient irrigation and water management, Proto Historic Archaeology and both tangible and Intangible heritage.

He is a founder member of the International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH) which is one of the promising academic bodies in international scale and a member of many other National and International academic bodies. He was the representative of the Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists to the Organization of Professional Association (OPA) of Sri Lanka.

Amalka Wijesuriya is been actively engaging to protect traditional masks and masks dancing which is one of the main intangible heritage of Sri Lanka. He is also a national level Basketball player has won the school and Sri Lanka University Colours.

Qualifications:

  • MA in Archaeology (First Class Division), Deccan College, Post-Graduate andResearch Institute, Pune. India.

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology, (Merit Pass), Post-Graduate Institute of Archaeological (PGIAR), University of Kelaniya, Colombo 07.

  • BA (Special) in Archaeology (Second Class Upper Division), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Specialized fields and teaching areas:

Field Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, Maritime Trade, Material Culture, Ancient Beads and Relevance of Archaeology, Pre and Proto-historic Archaeology, Ancient Irrigation and Water Management, Mortuary Archaeology

Research Areas:

Shipwrecks and Underwater Archaeology, Ancient Beads

Publications:

Books Published
  • Wijesuriya, A. 2013. Archaeological Heritage of Kotte (in Sinhalese), Micro Process Publishers, Nugegoda.
  • Wijesuriya, A. 2013.Essay in Archaeology, Author Publication, Ambalangoda.
Books Edited
  • Wijesuriya, B. 2013. Traditional Masks (in Sinhala), Wijesuriya, A. (ed.), Ambalangoda Masks Museum, Ambalangoda.
  • Manatunge, A., R. Bandara and A. Wijesuriya (eds.), 2011. Abstract Volume: First Biennial International Conference of International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH), Ministry of Culture and Arts, Central Cultural Fund and IAAH, Colombo.
  • in press Wijesuriya, B. Traditional Masks, Wijesuriya, A. (ed.), Ambalangoda Masks Museum, Ambalangoda.
Journal Articles
  • Herath, Y. and A. Wijesuruya, 2018Garunda Statue from Trincomalee in Amarabhinandana, Felicitation Volume of Prof. A. A. D. Amarasekara, Central Cultural Fund, Colombo 07.
  • Wijesuriya, A. 2015. Symbolizing Buddha’s life in to the Mask of Mahasammatha in Prof. VineeVitharana Felicitation Volume (in Sinhalese), Archaeological Society of Sri Lanka.
  • Wijesuriya, A. 2014. Hidden Heritage Beneath the Underwater in MORE (in Sinhalese), IS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., Pannipitiya.
  • Wijesuriya, A. and P. Weerasinghe (et al.), 2013. Underwater Archaeological Impact Assessment of the Colombo Port City in Asian Art, Culture and Heritage, International Association for Asian Heritage, University of Kelaniya.
  • Wijesuriya, A. 2012. Performance of Masks: with reference to DahaataSanniya in Kauthukagara(in Sinhalese), Department of Museums, Colombo 07.
  • Wijesuriya, A. 2011. Theories about Origin of Domestication and Agriculture in ArchaeologiaCeylanica, Department of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya.
  • Wijesuriya, A. 2005. Performances of Wooden Masks in Journal of National Archaeological Symposium (in Sinhalese), Department of Archaeology, Colombo 7.
  • Wijesuriya, A. 2003. Techniques of Underwater Archaeology in Wasundara, Department of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya.
  • Wijesuriya, A. (in Press)Remote-sensing Surveys in Archaeology in Puravidya(in Sinhalese), Department of Archaeology, Colombo 07.
Conference and Seminar Papers
International
  • 2018 "Archaeological Potential of Godavaya Sri lanka, as a Maritime Silk Hub" (Keynote Speech), Maritime Silk Road: Research-Protection-Cooperation, International Seminar, Guangzhou, China.
  • 2018 "Underwater Archaeology at Godavaya", International Conference on Maritime Archaeology with Special Reference to Indian Ocean Countries, Department of Archaeology, University of Kerala, India.
  • 2016 “The Archaeology of Sacred Sites of Sri Lanka: Neelagiriya Stupa Excavations and Conservation” 45th Annual Conference on South Asia, Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States of America.
  • 2013 “Underwater Archaeological Impact Assessment of the Colombo Port City” International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage, International Association for Asian Heritage, University of Kelaniya.
  • 2010 “Village abandonment behavior among tank villagers: the effect of carrying capacity on a tank-village in the dry zone of Sri Lanka” Seminar for the 3rd International Congress of The Society of South Asian archaeology held in University of Kelaniya.
  • 2010 “Cairns Close to the Streams: Retrospect, Paths, Landscapes and Cenotaph Markers” 38th Conference of the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies (ISPQS), India.
National
  • 2018 “Investigation of the Oldest Known Shipwreck in the Indian Ocean: Godavaya; Sri Lanka”. Forth National Symposium on Marine Environment, Marine Environment Protection Authority.
  • 2010 ‘’Occupational Variability: Identifying the consequences of abundance’’ National Archaeological Symposium held in Sri Lankan Foundation Institute at Colombo 07.
  • 2005 “Performances of Wooden Masks”, National Archaeological Symposium held in Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo.
Archaeological Field Works
International
  • 2018 Field Inspection Officer, Excavation at Lijiang, Yunnan, Sichuan University, China.
  • 2017 Field Officer, Experiment Archaeological Work – Ancient Pottery Making Techniques, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, USA.
  • 2016 Sri Lankan Delegate to the training and education program for the 'Underwater Acoustic Techniques and Applications' in Shanghai Acoustic Laboratory, China.
  • 2012 Resource Person, Excavation Project at the Early Iron Age site and Megalithic site at Marayoor, Kerala in India, conducted by Deccan College, Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India.
  • 2009 Field Archaeologist, Metakhedi Prehistoric Excavation Project in Narmada Valley, India, Deccan College, Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India.
  • 2009 Field Archaeologist, Sisupalgarh Excavation Project in Orissa, India, University of California, Los Angeles and Deccan College, Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India.
  • 2008 Post-graduate Trainee Archaeologist, Junnar Excavation Project, Maharashtra, India, Deccan College, Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India.
National
  • 2018 Underwater Archaeologist, Point Pedro Fisheries Harbour Development Project: Department of Archaeology; Involve in underwater surveying, recording, artefact registering and report writing.
  • 2018 Underwater Archaeologist, Godavaya Underwater Archaeological Research Program.
  • 2015 Underwater Archaeologist,SS Indus’ Underwater Archaeology Project, Maritime Archaeology Unit, Central Cultural Fund, Colombo 07.
  • 2012 - 2015 Bead Analyst, Neelagiriya Excavation Project, Department of Archaeology, Colombo 07.
  • 2010 - 2014 Underwater Archaeologist, Godavaya Underwater Archaeological Research Project: Collaborate with Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas University;Involved in underwater exploration, excavation, material analysis and report writing.
  • 2011 - 2013 Research Associate,Yan Oya Middle Basin Mortuary Archaeological Research Project, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeological Research, Colombo 07.
  • 2011 – 2013 Underwater Archaeologist, New Colombo Port City Development Project: Department of Archaeology; Involve in underwater surveying, recording, artefact registering and report writing.
  • 2011 - 2013 Bead Analyst,Yan Oya Middle Basin Mortuary Archaeological Research Project, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeological Research, Colombo 07.
  • 2011-2012 Main Researcher, Yala-AkasaChitthya Exploration Project, conducted by Department of Archaeology, Colombo 07. The overall objective of this research project is to study the AkasaChitthya concept and the centralization of Power in the region.
  • 2012 Bead Analyst, Publication of a volume on the Ibbankatuva Protohistoric Site, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeological Research, Colombo 07.
  • 2005-2018 Field Archaeologist, Archaeological Exploration Projects of Department of Archaeology at Knuckles Range, Horton Plains, Wasgamuwa, RambakanOya, Digavapiya, Kumana, Yala (block 01) and so on.
  • 2005 Field officer, Upper MalwatuOya Archaeological Exploration Project, University of Kelaniya & the University of Bradford.
  • 2004 Trainee Underwater Archaeologist, Avondstar Maritime Archaeological Project in Galle, University of Amsterdam, Netherland and Maritime Archaeology Unit, Central Cultural Fund, Sri Lanka joint venture at Galle.
  • 2004 Trainee Archaeologist, Pidurangala Excavation Project for MSc Students, Post Graduate Institute of Archaeological Research, Colombo 07.
  • 2004 Trainee Archaeologist, Western Entrance Excavation at Sigiriya, Central Cultural Fund, Colombo 07.
  • 2001 Excavation Officer, Ancient Ruhuna Excavation Project at Tissmaharamaya, KAWA Institute, Germany and Department of Archaeology, Colombo 07.