bbc.com 02 May, 2021 23:00 am

The unsolved mystery of Sri Lanka's 'Stargate'

The unsolved mystery of Sri Lanka's 'Stargate'
In recent years, the internet has been alight with speculation that a chart-like carving in Anuradhapura is a stargate: an ancient gateway through which humans can enter the Universe.

Sri Lanka's sacred city of Anuradhapura is an unlikely place to be enmeshed in a fantastic tale of UFOs and otherworldly happenings.Locally known as Rajarata (Land of Kings), the Unesco World Heritage Site was the first established kingdom on the island (in 377 BC) and is at the heart of Sri Lanka's Buddhist culture.Its existence, function or anything related to it is not mentioned in any historic records "Ranmasu Uyana was used for a prolonged period in history," said Professor Raj Somadeva, senior professor of archaeology at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.View image of Sri Lanka's sacred city of Anuradhapura was the first established kingdom on the island (Credit: Credit: AnaG/Getty Images) This has left it wide open to online speculation.

Before the dawn of the internet, the chart garnered little attention in Sri Lanka.The first academic to note the chart's archaeological importance was H C P Bell, a British civil servant appointed as the first Commissioner of Archaeology of Ceylon (Sri Lanka's former name).

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