Ambalangoda Shipwreck site

The first reports on objects that were found date from 1998. At that time a team (led by Gihan Jayatilake and Nerina de Silva) collected information from the community and suspected on the basis of the stories and the finds that the finds were from an Asian wreck (Indian or from the North of Sri Lanka). No parts of the wreck were found. A Report on the site condition, photographs of items found among the fishing community and descriptions of the items was submitted to the Archaeology Dept.

In 2007, during the works done for the development of the harbour many other artefacts were found. Among them were many cowry shells (Money shells) and copper ingots, other metal objects and bowls and jars. There were rumours from the local community that also canons were found. A few (or many) were illegally salvaged from the site. One of these canons was wrapped in ropes (possibly like the port pieces known from Western wrecks, which were mounted on a wooden carriage in that way).
A few copper ingots (plates) were saved and put in custody by the government. They bare Arabian letters and are believed to be 200 to 300 years old.
After stopping the dredging the MAU visited the site for a one day action, which was covered again with sand. The site is at that spot 3 metres deep and only 30 to 40 metres away from the shore. At that action only more cowry shells were found.
It is the believe of the Sri Lankan team (MAU) that the finds belong to a wooden trader of Asian origin, possibly a Thoni, a traditional Sri Lankan or Indian vessel, that was used in the inter-Asiatic trade.

This information is directing to a possible Asian shipwreck, but the evidence is not solid at the moment. The wreck itself has not been found as well.