|Died||March 2, 2015 (aged 76–77)|
|Title||Vice chancellor, Emeritus professor|
|Parent||William Dias Bandaranayake|
|Awards||Sahitya Akademi Fellowship|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Institutions||University of Kelaniya|
Senake Dias Bandaranayake (1938 – March 2, 2015) was a Sri Lankan archeologist, who served as emeritus professor and vice chancellor at University of Kelaniya. His research was focused on architecture, art history, and ancient paintings of South Asia, including Sri Lanka.
He received his early education at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia. He graduated from Bristol University and later went to England where he obtained his Bachelor of Letters in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Oxford. After obtaining his Ph.D., he attended UCL Institute of Archaeology where he received a post graduate degree.
After returning from Europe in 1974, he joined University of Kelaniya in 1975 as a senior lecturer at archeology department until he retired as a senior professor in 2003. He later became emeritus professor, head of archeology department, and vice chancellor. He established Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology in 1987 and served it's director until 1997.
Prior to his retirement, he formed archaeological team at University of Kelaniya for graduate students to conduct research. He worked at Sigiriya for eighteen years, during which he built monumental work of Harry Charles Purvis Bell and Senarath Paranavithana.
He served on various capacities during his diplomatic career, including Ambassadors of Sri Lanka to France and to UNESCO in 1999, and Ambassadors of Sri Lanka to Bhutan. He was also appointed as Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India from 2000 to 2002. During his diplomatic career, he established National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS), an advocacy resource institute in South Asia.
He died in sleep on March 2, 2015.
The government of Sri Lanka established Prof. Senaka Bandaranaike Archaeological Field Training School at Sigiriya named after Senaka Bandaranaike. It was inaugurated by the Mahinda Rajapaksa, prime minister of the country. The training institute establishment contract is signed by Central Cultural Fund at LKR50 million. The institute is claimed to be the premier training center of Sri Lanka for local and foreign archeological researchers.