Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Department of History and Archaeology

The Department of History was one of six departments established in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences when the University came into being in 1978. Archaeology was introduced in 1998, consequently renaming it as the Department of History and Archaeology. The department offers Special and General Degree Programs in both disciplines.

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Field Training Programs in Archaeology

Third year Special Degree Program students just returned after concluding an intense Field Training Program in Archaeological Excavation at Ilukkumbura cave site in Balangoda.

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Department of History and Archaeology
University of Ruhuna
Matara
Sri Lanka

Tel : +94 412222681/82 Ext: 3401
Fax : +94 412227010
Email : history@hss.ruh.ac.lk

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Welcome to the Department of History and Archaeology!

We offer Degree Programs in two sister disciplines, History and Archaeology, which feed each other giving students and staff a unique opportunity to interact and debate on related but distinct issues. These Degree Programs are designed to produce graduates with a broader and critical understating of the past.

In-course internship training programs are integrated to Special Degree Programs in both disciples in order to enhance the employability of our graduates. Being a field oriented discipline, Archaeology Special Degree Program has compulsory field training courses in addition to museum and laboratory training in the department. The Department houses an Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Filed Unit cum Conservation Lab and a Reference Library. Avalokana is the bi-annual journal of the Department where both staff and students can publish their research work.

We have an excellent academic environment within the department where our students grow as competent graduates who can take up challenges with confidence.

Course Units

Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
HIS 11513 Foundation of Ancient Civilization HIS 11513 Foundation of Ancient Civilization
1000 Level
2nd Semester
HIS 12513 Pre-history of India and Sri Lanka HIS 12513 Pre-history of India and Sri Lanka
2000 Level
1st Semester
HIS 21613 Political History of Sri Lanka (from the beginning to 1215 AD) HIS 21513 History of Sri Lanka (from the beginning to 16th Century AD)
HIS 21623 Study of Sri Lankan Historical Sources (from the beginning to 16th Century AD) HIS 21523 Histroy of India (from 6th Century BC to 16th Century AD)
HIS 21633 History of India (from 6th Century BC to 16th Century AD)
HIS 21643 Ancient Irrigation Technology and Water Management of Sri Lanka
HIS 21653 International Relations between Sri Lanka and South East Asia (from the beginning to 16th Century AD)
2000 Level
2nd Semester
HIS 22613 Political History of Sri Lanka (from 1215 AD to 1815 AD) HIS 22513 Histroy of Europe (from 5th Century BC to 16th Century AD)
HIS 22623 Economic, Social and Cultural History of Sri Lanka (from the beginning to 16th Century AD) HIS 22523 Study of Indigenous Knowledge of Sri Lanka
HIS 22633 History of Rohana
HIS 22643 History of Europe (from 5th Century BC to 16th Century AD)
HIS 22653 Study of Indigenous Knowledge of Sri Lanka
3000 Level
1st Semester
HIS 31613 National Struggle Movements and Constitutional Development in Sri Lanka (from 1815 AD to 1948 AD) HIS 31513 History of Sri Lanka (from 16th Century AD to 1948 AD)
HIS 31623 Study of Sri Lankan Historical Sources (from 16th Century AD to 20th Century AD) HIS 31523 History of India (from 16th Century AD to 1947 AD)
HIS 31633 History of India (from 16th Century AD to 1947 AD)
HIS 31643 History of United States of America (from the beginning to 1950 AD)
HIS 31653 History of Russia (19th and 20th Centuries AD)
HIS 31663 Cultural Heritage of Sri Lanka
3000 Level
2nd Semester
HIS 32613 Economic, Social and Cultural History of Sri Lanka (from 16th Century AD to 1948 AD) HIS 32513 History of Europe (from 16th Century AD to 1945 AD)
HIS 32623 Study of GIS and Cartography for History HIS 32523 Contemporary World History (from 1945 AD to 2000 AD)
HIS 32633 Research Methodologies in History
HIS 32643 History of Europe (from 16th Century AD to 1945 AD)
HIS 32653 Contemporary World History (from 1945 AD to 2000 AD)
HIS 32663 History and Womanhood of Sri Lanka
4000 Level
1st Semester
HIS 41613 Historiography
HIS 41623 Sri Lanka’s Political, Social and Economic Changes after Independence
HIS 41633 Internship
HIS 41643 Independent Research (Dissertation)
HIS 41653 Indo-Sri Lanka Relations
HIS 41663 New Political Trends of Indian Ocean Region
HIS 41673 China in the 20th Century
4000 Level
2nd Semester
HIS 42613 Foreign Policy and International Relations of Sri Lanka after Independence
HIS 42623 Ethnic History and National Cohesion of Sri Lanka
HIS 42633 Asian and European Political Thought (from the beginning to 20th Century AD)
HIS 42643 Independent Research (Dissertation)
HIS 42653 War History and Military Organizations of Sri Lanka
HIS 42653 Perspective of Human Rights
Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
ACL 11513 Introduction to Archaeology ACL 11513 Introduction to Archaeology
1000 Level
2nd Semester
ACL 12513 Techniques in Archaeology ACL 12513 Techniques in Archaeology
2000 Level
1st Semester
ACL 21613 History of Archeology in India and Sri Lanka ACL 21513 History of Archaeology in India and Sri Lanka
ACL 21623 History of Archaeology – A Global Perspective ACL 21523 History of Civilizations
ACL 21633 Field Report I - Exploration: Cartography and Photography ACL 21533 History of Sri Lanka: Trends and Dynamics
ACL 21643 History of Civilizations
ACL 21653 History of Sri Lanka: Trends and Dynamics
2000 Level
2nd Semester
ACL 22613 Methods and Techniques in Archaeology ACL 22513 Pre-history of Sri Lanka
ACL 22623 Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology ACL 22523 Ancient Art and Architecture of India
ACL 22633 Ancient Art and Architecture of India
ACL 22643 Research Methodology
ACL 22653 Compilation of an Assessment Report - Historical Archaeology
3000 Level
1st Semester
ACL 31613 Palaeography and Epigraphy of Sri Lanka ACL 31513 Palaeography, Epigraphy and Numismatics
ACL 31643 Archaeological Heritage Management and Elements of Museology ACL 31523 Archaeological Heritage Management and Elements of Museology
ACL 31653 Ancient Architecture in Sri Lanka ACL 31533 Ancient Architecture in Sri Lanka
3000 Level
2nd Semester
ACL 32613 Ancient Art in Sri Lanka ACL 32513 Ancient Art in Sri Lanka
ACL 32623 Numismatics of Sri Lanka and India ACL 32523 Ancient Technology and Intangible Heritage in Sri Lanka
ACL 32633 Student Internship Programme
ACL 32643 Compilation of an Activity Report on a Selected Aspect of Ancient Art and Architecture in Sri Lanka
ACL 32653 Ancient Technology and Intangible Heritage in Sri Lanka
4000 Level
1st Semester
ACL 41613 World Pre-history: Global and Regional Perspectives
ACL 41623 Pre and Proto-historic Archaeology in Sri Lanka
ACL 41633 Archaeology of Rohana
ACL 41643 Independent Research (Research Proposal and Presentation)
ACL 41653 Industrial Archaeology
ACL 41663 Ethno-archaeology
4000 Level
2nd Semester
ACL 42613 Computer Applications in Archaeology
ACL 42623 Environmental Archaeology
ACL 42633 Underwater Archaeology
ACL 42643 Independent Research (Dissertation)
ACL 42653 Settlement Archaeology