'Archaeological finds should be safeguarded' -Ilankumaran
[TamilNet, Sunday, 12 January 2003, 19:47 GMT]
Faculty of Archaeology should be established in universities in the
northeast to ensure better security to the archaeological finds of
our land, said Mr.V.Ilankumaran, head of the Thamileelam Educational
Development Division addressing a meeting of Trincomalee writers and
critics Saturday evening at Trincomalee Sri Koneswara
"Archaeological finds of our land provide the evidence that is needed to establish our historical presence
in our traditional land. We would take appropriate steps to safeguard the finds through the formation of preservation boards at district
level," said Mr.Ilankumaran.
In the name of high security zone (HSZ) security forces continue to occupy our lands.
Now archaeological finds recovered from our soil are also facing danger of
being spirited away, he said.
On the need for preserving historical records of past eminent scholars
Mr.Ilankumaran said, " we have not fully documented the lives and times of
Tamil scholars born in the northeast. Jaffna born Tamil scholar
C.V.Thamotharampillai who made invaluable contribution to the Tamil
language by printing the ancient "'Tholkappiam" has not been given due
place in the Tamil history. 2003 is the centenary year of Mr.
C.V.Thamotharampillai. Swami Vipulananda born in Batticaloa introduced the
literary works of poet Barathi to the Tamil world."