Anusha Kasthuriarachchi was the Archaeological Research Officer in the Department of Archaeology and Head of Conservator in the Avondster Maritime Archaeology Project, Conservation Specialist in the Godavaya Maritime Archaeology Project, engaged in the scientific study and conservation of an ancient shipwreck’s materials off the southern coast of Sri Lanka. This was a collaborative project with the Department of Archaeology, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University, USA. She was the Program Officer and Project Co-officer of the US Ambassador’s Fund Projects (2012-2019) at the Department of Archaeology.
She had been the Leon Levy Visiting Fellow, Archaeological Material Conservation at New York University (from 2010 to 2011), and the Annette de la Renta Conservation Research Fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (from 2012 to 2013), NY. A full report of her research at the MMA is published on Taylor & Francis: “Preliminary Investigation of Sri Lankan Copper-alloy Statues.” She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Cultural Studies at the Institute for Near Eastern Archaeology in the Free University of Berlin (FUB) in Germany. Her current research area is Sri Lankan ancient bronzes.