History – A visit in the Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos (A tour of the main archaeologist Michael Koutellas)

See our visit at video: The text is the one here and you can see museum as greek archaeological Service allowed us. Enjoy it!


       Kalymnos is an island near the Carian Coast (Asia Minor). This island has been inhabited since the Neolithic Age by the Carians. Kalymnos has found the Carian  Writing.

              The Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos is at the capital of the island.  In the lobby of the Museum’s chief archaeologist Koutellas Michael made a brief introduction that informed the visitors, us, about the long history of Kalymnos spanning a period from the Neolithic Age – 5000p.X  to Turkish Holding, i.e. 7,500 years!

In the first room of the museum are finds from the Neolithic to the Mycenaean period (5300 – 1180/1065 BCC.) from the excavations in the caves of Kalymnos Santa Barbara Teachers and Choiromantres.  Exposed obsidian tools (calcareous material), used by people of the Neolithic era, knives and needles, pots, crockery exhibit the most important Minoan bronze worshiper who has his hand on the forehead. Displayed particularly large marble Cycladic idol. There are features exhibits from Milos, two of the Cyclades, which was marketed as a vase of Troy from the Neolithic era and a lamp of the Minoan era (Neolithic and Bronze Age) from the Cave Daskalio of Kalymnos. Also exhibited tools from animal bones, clay pots put wine (Neolithic) and sacred vessels, also Mycenaean vases found at Troy and Cyclades.

The next room down has statues of  important religious and political center of ancient Kalymnos, the Temple of Dali (Delion, the Dorians used a instant of e) Apollo, who was the protector of Kalymnos and indicates that the large number of offerings found. Sanctuary was a large space dedicated to the worship the Gods, and was dedicated to the worship and politics.In sacred spaces were specially modified with the offerings, statues, vases etc. Those who had no money for making sacrifices many animals to ask for something or thank him for what he got, he made ​​small figurines gift in the form of animals. Humble, however, these tributes endured over time and made famous the poor who devoted. Many belong to the Geometric period, a time of Homer (8th century p.C). Some have Greek letters on it. The Greeks took the Phoenician alphabet had only consonants, found the use of vowels and invented the alphabet (8th century p.C.)  we use today. In Mycenaean times, later, the island was conquered and occupied by the Dorians who came from Epidaurus.

Homer responds with the name ‘Kalydnai Islands “(Iliad, raps. B, f 676-677: “They had  Nisyros’  island and  Krapathon and Cléon and Kos a very large big city, and Kalydnos islands (= with good drinking water).” Indeed, together with the surrounding islands (Kalymnos, Pserimos Leros (maybe) along with Nisyros, Karpathos, Kos and Kasos) took part in the war against Troy with force thirty ships under the leadership of Feidippos and Antiphon, sons of Thessaly) with information from the book by Michael J. Koutella, archaeologist, “Kalymnos, History, Archaeology and Culture ‘, Kalymnos 2006, pp.18.).

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Pupils of 2nd Gymnasioum of Kalymnos, A’ Class

Lazaris Helen, Mailli Maria, Balla Helen (A2), Roditis Michael, Xatzidakis Harris (A3)

 A visit of 2nd Lyceum of Kalymnos to Bathys – by the archaeologist mr. Michael Koutellas.

At 1815 post Christ was abbot of the monastery Galatiani someone called father Makarios
In the original oil pressure room there is a roller mill in which we can find in the hills in there to put the olives in a row and went to the press to compress.
Because they could not have animals and necessarily alternated to move all that weight, took the olives and put them in a large wooden box, but in the early 20th century, it  replaced with other objects. This stone was with olives and together they made a liquid drink.
Then they put them in bags that were made of goat hair for leave to pass the juice and make the oil. So taking the bags with drink and fermented olives when they did this back and forth he went back and compress, but when it reached a point was not enough to force these people only hands to compress further, there were other people here who roamed this vertical axis and grew strength. ALL these are traditional items used in the old days to ease the lives of mankind.

You can see the place and here in greek the same things we here describe to you.







We thank the students of 2nd Lyceum of Kalymnos (Psiliani) for giving us these videos from their excursion in Bathys, Kalymnos.

Also, we thank mrs. Tsirigoti Georgia, teacher in lyceum who helped them in this work and Mr Michael Koutellas, who teaches us in a so exciting way to learn our island’s history.



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