Several centuries before
the Jesus Christ, while the Greek empire was at its zenith, many other
regions were emerging from the stone age; Anurdhapura was already and
advanced civilization. The city was well laid out and well linked.
Irrigated by sophisticated systems of man-made lake s and canals, this
city was a world trade center. This is evidenced by the Greek merchant
guide book titled "purples of the Erythraen Sea", Ptolemy's
first ever map, and further by monk travelers Fa Hien and Buddagosha of,
the 5th century A. D.