Archaeologists visit seized buildings

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A group of officials from the Department of Archaeology visited the President’s House yesterday (12) to determine whether items of archaeological and historical significance were damaged or looted after the building was stormed on 9 July.

Senior Professor Anura Manatunga, Director General of the Archaeology Department, said he led the team and that the final results of the inspection will be announced in due course.

Temple Trees was among the political properties now defiantly occupied by ordinary Sri Lankans in the aftermath of the dramatic events on 9 July, when tens of thousands of anti-Government protesters stormed the State residences of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

BY Thameenah Razeek