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The state of theocracy : defining an early mediaeval hinterland in Sri Lanka.

Coningham, R. A. E. and Gunawardhana, P. and Manuel, M. J. and Adikari, G. and Katugampola, M. and Young, R. L. and Schmidt, A. and Krishnan, K. and Simpson, I. (2007) 'The state of theocracy : defining an early mediaeval hinterland in Sri Lanka.', Antiquity., 81 (313). 699-719 .


The ancient Sri Lankan city of Anuradhapura is currently the subject of one of the world's largest and most intensive archaeological research projects. Having traced its growth from an Iron Age village to a medieval city, the research team now moves to the task of modelling the surrounding landscape. Three seasons of fieldwork have located numerous sites of which the most prominent in the urban period are monasteries. Here is a clue about how the early urban hinterland was managed which has implications well beyond Sri Lanka.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, Heterarchy, Monasticism, Survey, Theocracy.
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Publisher statement:Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd 2007
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Date deposited:17 June 2011
Date of first online publication:September 2007
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