Volume 6, Issue 1, June 2018, Page: 1-8
The Truth about Sale of Antique Items in Sri Lanka: An Inquisitor Study of the Antiques Market in the Galle Fort
Upeksha Gamage, Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka
Chandrasiri Chithrananda, Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka
Thushari Sandya Thilakarathna, Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka
Received: Feb. 24, 2018;       Accepted: Mar. 11, 2018;       Published: Apr. 9, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ija.20180601.11      View  1033      Downloads  42
Abstract
According to current international charters on antiquities and cultural conventions, it has been generally accepted that such items belonging to more than hundred years old are commonly referred to as an antique. Whenever definition made of such item based on the characteristics of identical features, period, usefulness, artistry, rarity, condition, material, relationship with the human being and other features were taken as basic determines. Necessary steps have been taken to protect certain historical and cultural properties enforced under various charters. The antiquities in Sri Lanka are bought illegally by foreigners under the knowledge of persons belonging to them. Thus the important historical artifacts transported to foreign countries, no such record or evidence is available to the Sri Lankans. They gather historical items and illegally sell them constantly. In this research work, much attention was paid towards historical antique market existing in and around ancient-fortress at Galle in Sri Lanka. The reason to select Galle fort was being the center of tourism plus the widely distribute in antique market. This article has investigated on the magnitude of the sale of antiquities, legality of existing sale-procedures, categories and prices of such historical items, mostly marketed items and of their prices.
Keywords
Antiquities, Antique Market, Galle Fort, Cultural Heritage, Charters
To cite this article
Upeksha Gamage, Chandrasiri Chithrananda, Thushari Sandya Thilakarathna, The Truth about Sale of Antique Items in Sri Lanka: An Inquisitor Study of the Antiques Market in the Galle Fort, International Journal of Archaeology. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.11648/j.ija.20180601.11
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