Tissamaharama: The Debunk of "Thissamaharama evidence for Tamil Civilization 2200 years before in Sri Lanka"
We are familiar with ancient Pre-Brahmin scripts which only found at Sri Lanka but not with Tamil scripts. The article says that the letters on the potsherd is read as this “tiraLi (or tirali in ISO 15919)”.
Quoted from Tamilnet article.
Inscribed potsherd from archaeological excavation at Tissamaharama, Hambantota District, Sri Lanka: From left to right the first letter is Li, second one is ra and the third one is ti. From right to left they are read as tiraLi. The fourth and fifth ones are symbols or graffiti marks. The sixth letter is mu and the seventh one is Ri. The last two are read from left to right as muRi. A little away is found a vertical line that perhaps marks the end of the legend. [Image courtesy: Department of Archaeology, Sri Lanka and the academics who sent it]
Did you notice? “The fourth and fifth ones are symbols or graffiti marks.” How likely someone would include an unidentified graffiti within an inscription for no reason? This is the point that increased our doubt about this so called evidence. Let’s take fourth letter. It's quite similar to Pre-Brahmin letter Na or Ni (with vowel symbol ‘i’ it makes “Ni” without sounding like “Na”) with some unwanted stripes at the bottom of the letter. Doesn’t it look strange? We are quite sure that the fifth letter is very similar to Sha or She (with vowel symbol “e” the letter sounds like “she” and without the vowel symbol, it sounds like “sha”) again with some unwanted stripes as before. Other than that, Tamilnet were quite right about other letters as it looks similar to Sinhalese Pre-Brahmin letters. People who are familiar with language Tamil, knows that Tamil alphabet does not have a unique latter for the sound “da”. Tamils use the latter “Ta” for both phonetic sounds “Da” and “Ta”. The last letter in the potsherd is very similar to the Sinhalese latter “da” with unwanted stripes. Remember, the Tamil alphabet does not have a letter for the sound “da”.
The lines with red highlights are from original inscription. But the lines with blue highlights are tampered latterly. This is the interesting part. If you read this inscription now from right to left, it sounds like “DaMaSheNa TeRaHa” (in Sinhalese "ධමශෙන තෙරහ”) which means It's belong to Dharmasena Thero(in Sinhalese ධර්මසේන ස්ථවිරයන්ගේ)... It is logical to think that the potsherd is a part of a bowl used by a monk, most probably Dharmasena Thero.
It's so clear. This potsherd has been tampered. If you look clearly you can see new tampered lines are more clear than originals. This is not the first and definitely not the last time that they try to hide true history of Sri Lanka and create evidence to prove a Tamil civilization. Be careful and think twice before believing such fairy tales.
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