This was revealed by Director General of the Archaeology Department, Dr. Senarath Dissanayake.
He said there are numerous publications which trace the time period of the house back to King Rajasinghe’s era, including Robert Knox’s popular A Historical Relation of the Island of Ceylon. The Director General claims that the walawwa was once owned by the official in charge of King Rajasinghe’s treasury.
When E.A.P Deraniyagala was the Commissioner of Archeology, there were plans to conduct an excavation at the site, but this did not bear fruit. However, as Minister Dissanayake had requested the Archaeology Department to commence excavations, it will begin as soon as possible, Dr. Dissanayake added.
He claimed that according to Robert Knox’s book, the coffer would contain weapons used by the king, as well as his clothes and other accessories.