Continuities and Transformations
Studies in Sri Lankan Archeology and History. (SSA, 2012)
This is a collection of nine articles addressing theoretical issues, hypotheses, generalizations, in the study of the material remains of Sri Lanka’s historical civilization. They have all been previously published but in widely scattered sources, sometimes difficult to find. Bringing them together makes for a construct larger than the sum of its component parts.
They deal with a variety of subjects: from the agrarian transition of protohistoric times to periodisation of Sri Lanka’s historical trajectory to hypotheses on unity and differentiation in an attempt to locate the specificity of the Sri Lankan tradition in a matrix of Monsoon Asian cultures; from the categorization of the Sri Lankan social formation to the study of patterns and semiotics of power and authority in architectural planning; from the critique of diffusionism to the social dimension in the production and consumption of art and ornamentation.
Continuities and Transformations is a contribution to the study of historical dynamics. Proceeding from an archaeological perspective, it presents Sri Lanka as ‘an island laboratory for studying historical change.’
This book brings together Professor Senake Bandaranayake’s seminal work on Sri Lankan history and archaeology. It encapsulates the defining ideas, theories, hypotheses and findings of the author’s work during over four decades of thought, analysis and dedicated research. It encompasses the author’s definitive concepts, their theoretical underpinnings and empirical foundations, philosophical perspectives and seminal field research findings published in books and diverse academic journals.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: July 07, 2013