The Inscriptions of Ceylon Volume I – Early Brāhmī Inscriptions is an outstanding work of Prof. Senarat Paranavitha, and it contains the cave inscriptions from 3rd Century B.C to 1st Century A.C. and other inscriptions in the early Brāhmī scripts. This can be considered as one of the masterpieces of Sri Lankan epigraphy.
The book’s introduction is one-hundred and twenty-nine (129) pages long, and it talks about the different aspects of inscriptions including sites, paleography, grammar (Phonology, Morphology, Syntax), historical word. The introduction itself is a masterpiece.
There are one thousand two hundred thirty-four inscriptions with estampages. A map of locations of inscriptions and a large chart of the evolution of Sinhala letters are valuable additions.
This was published by the Department of Archaeology, Sri Lanka, in 1970.
Note: This is a new book from the original print from 1970. The book is in good condition, and some pages may contain some marks(which are not disturbing the text).
The other two-volumes edited by Prof. Senarat Paranavithana in the Inscriptions of Ceylon series are Inscriptions of Ceylon Volume II Part I and Inscriptions of Ceylon Volume II Part II. You can buy it from our online store.
If you like to know the contribution of Prof. Senarat Paranavithana to Sri Lankan Archaeology, please have a look at his bibliography. Follow this link to know more about Prof. Senarat Paranavitana, an article by Dr. Charles Godakumbura.
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