The latest in a spree of treasure hunting incidents was reported last night when a group of individuals had engaged in treasure hunting adjacent to the historic moon stone in the Abahagiriya sacred site.
The perpetrators are reported to have fled the site last night before the presence of officials attached to the central cultural fund.
According to the Director of the Abhayagiriya project & Director of Archaeology
Professor T.G. Kulathunga the perpetrators had excavated a pit one foot deep at the location.
Several tools used during the excavation have also been recovered subsequently.
Moreover a racket in which plated pieces of metal is being sold as gold obtained from treasures is currently on the rise.
The racket involves the sale of low grade metal which is forged in heat & plated over with gold.
Incidentally the substance obtained there after is being called 'Maranchi'.
Two individuals were arrested in the Mihinthale area yesterday by police for having attempted to sell 1300 pieces of plated gold in the following manner for a price of 1.5 million rupees.