The cover is in very good condition with only light wear and creases along and near the spine from being read. Internally the pages near the back of the book have a small light crease about 1cm near the bottom corner, but otherwise the book is in very good condition. The book contains illustrations on almost every page (almost all in black and white, but a few in colour), showing maps, views and artefacts.
Anuradhupura, from its as yet shadowy beginnings around 900BC during the protohistoric Iron Age to its demise during the 12th century AD, occupies the premier place of importance in Sri Lanka's history and archaeology. the settlement complex ringed by monasteries covers many square kilometres and the intermeshing of these units is not easy to comprehend. It is imperative that a clear guide be produced, both for the layman and the scholar. With this in view, Professor Anuradha Seneviratne of the Department of sinhala at the University of Peradeniya, a versatile scholar of repute with the ability to write lucidly, was invited to write the present guide book. He has succeeeded admirably, touching the larger concerns of Anuradhupura's place as the centre of Theravada Buddhism for over a millenium and as the nucleus of one of the great civilisations of South Asia, with hydraulic engineering as its base, from at least as early as the 6th century BC until the 12th century AD.