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Highway system in Ancient Sri Lanka

Show simple item record Vidanapathirana, P. 2018-06-01T05:09:37Z 2018-06-01T05:09:37Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Vidanapathirana,P.(2017). Highway system in Ancient Sri Lanka. The International Conference on Land Transportation, Locomotive Heritage and Road Culture - 2017, Centre for Heritage Studies,University of Kelaniya,Sri Lanka. p.52. en_US
dc.description.abstract Historical information about the ancient road network of Sri Lanka is restricted to random records encountered in historical documents and information recorded as a result of research carried out during the British administration. This study is based on a recent research conducted with special attention towards the technical aspects of the ancient road system and its expansion over the island. An attempt is also made to reconstruct the road system that existed from the third century BC up to 13th century AD. Modern research techniques are applied in identifying technical aspects and the expansion of the road system that is in discussion. Political stability, strength of the ruling power, economic prosperity and the establishment, and the spared of religious institutions contributed to the sustainability and expansion of a developed road network during the period. Technical know-how and the expertise that had been applied and made use of in constructing road system in contemporary South Asian countries could be identified within the national road network in ancient Sri Lanka too. Geographically Sri Lanka being an island, it had maintained a close relationship with several international sea routs. Hence as an infrastructural facility, a road network connecting cities and urban areas to inward places had developed. Furthermore island had maintained a close relationship with long distance sea routs that facilitated an international trade. That helped the existence of a systematic road network expanding towards regional and peripheries from the main cities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The International Conference on Land Transportation, Locomotive Heritage and Road Culture - 2017 en_US
dc.subject Roads en_US
dc.subject Infrastructure en_US
dc.subject Transport technology en_US
dc.subject Maintenance en_US
dc.subject Reconstruction en_US
dc.title Highway system in Ancient Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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