The department of Interdisciplinary Studies visited the ancient city of Anuradhapura in February 2022 to explore the intersection of history, engineering and culture in ancient civilizations of Sri Lanka. There, several research gaps were identified for further study. The possibility to integrate modern engineering techniques and technologies to enhance the tourism industry of Sri Lanka is one of the identified research gaps.
With relevant to that, students were encouraged to re build some identified archeological sites in Jethawanarama monastery and Abhayagiriya monastery under the course “Sri Lankan History and Culture” offered by the department of Interdisciplinary Studies. The intension was to draw tourist attraction for the archeological sites by introducing 3D modeling and visualizing technologies for the ancient buildings which are in state of ruins by the moment.
A group of students successfully modeled Jethawanaramaya Image House (Pilimage) and Thuparamaya Circular Relic House (Watadage) and developed them to visualize via Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies.
The models were presented to Central Cultural Fund of Sri Lanka for expertise comments and the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs with a proposal to display them on sites.