A silk cloth belonging to the Second Century AD has been recovered. The recovery has been made from the Rambukkana area.
Many historical facts related to Sri Lanka and the famous Silk Route are expected to be uncovered with this recovery. The Silk cloth was discovered during excavations in the Kotawehera Stupa in Dhadiwela in Rambukkana. The piece is subjected to further testing. The period has been determined by an Australian National University team led by Prof Cameron. The tests revealed that it belonged to the 2nd Century A.D. According to the Department of Archeology the discovery proves the use of Silk in ancient Sri Lanka even though there were no reports of silk being manufactured in the country while it is also proof to the fact that Sri Lanka was using silk prior to many other countries.
This piece of silk cloth is considered to be the oldest cloth found in the country. It proves that the country had imported silk from China during the period close to the 2nd Century A.D. and that Sri Lanka played a pivotal role in the silk route from China to Africa, Europe and the Middle East.