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MUFONET-BBS GROUP - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 08:28 Fri Feb 14 EXP: 08:00 Sat Feb 15 쿌NCIENT BUILDING COMPLEX RUINS FOUND IN NORTH-CENTRAL SRI 쿗ANKA 쿎OLOMBO (FEB. 14) XINHUA - A MASSIVE BUILDING COMPLEX WITH 쿗IVING FACILITIES AND WORSHIP PLACES HAVE BEEN UNEARTHED IN 쿌NURADHAPURA, CAPITAL OF NORTH-CENTRAL PROVINCE OF SRI 쿗ANKA. 쿟HE COMPLEX DATES BACK TO THE FIRST CENTURY B.C. AND SERVED 쿌S MANY AS 5,000 MONKS OF A BUDDHIST MONASTERY. 쿌RCHAEOLOGISTS BELIEVE THE COMPLEX, WHICH ALSO INCLUDED 쿛ONDS AND DINING HALLS REMAINED BURIED AT THE EXCAVATION 쿞ITE FOR CENTURIES. THIS FINDING IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE 쿢NDERSTANDING OF THE COUNTRY'S PAST, THEY SAID. 쿟HE DISCOVERY WAS MADE AT THE SITE OF THE ABHAYAGIRI (MOUNTAIN OF FEARLESSNESS) PAGODA BUILT BY KING VALAGAM BAHU 쿔N THE FIRST CENTURY B.C. WHEN HE WON BACK THE KINGDOM 쿌FTER 14 YEARS OF FOREIGN RULE. 쿟HE EXCAVATION WAS FUNDED BY THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, 쿞CIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION. 쿌NURADHAPURA, WHICH SERVED AS THE COUNTRY'S FIRST CAPITAL, 쿔S CONSIDERED TO BE THE TREASURE HOUSE OF ITS ANCIENT 쿍UDDHIST CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION. THE CITY NOW IS FAMOUS 쿑OR ITS NICELY LAID OUT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS WHICH INDICATE 쿟HE ENGINEERING SKILLS OF ANCIENT SRI LANKAN PEOPLE. =END=

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