World academia is directing its attention towards the rich archaeological heritage of Buddhism, when the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conducts its international Seminar on Archaeology of Buddhism and Recent Discoveries in South Asia, in Colombo from 22-24 August, 2012.
The conference will focus on Buddhist sites and remains that have been discovered during the last six decades, addressing questions such as ‘How does one define a Buddhist site? How can one show the relationship between a religious centre and the lay community? Is it possible to interpret a multi-religious and multi-ethnic landscape through archaeological means?' The conference aims to facilitate advanced research in the archaeology of the region, by the comparison of data from various parts of the sub-continent.
In support of this significant forum, SriLankan Airlines will facilitate the travel of many researchers, key speakers and delegates from SAARC countries and special invitees and observers from countries outside the SAARC region to join the proceedings.
The conference will culminate in the development and adoption of a shared document on excavation, documentation and conservation methodology. It will also explore the feasibility of digitally mapping all Buddhist archaeological sites and remains in South Asia.