|David Rupp with the Mayor of Kalymnos, Mr. Demetrios Daikomichalis|
|view of the excavated area at ancient Damos|
|view of church of the Taxiarch Michaelis on the ruins of the Hellenistic fort at Empolas|
I visited two archaeological sites dating to the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods to learn firsthand the nature of the remains here. The Byzantine period on the island is especially well represented from the evidence of churches, settlements and burials. In fact, the archaeological heritage of Kalymnos is not as well-known as it should be in my opinion. The Nautical Museum has a series of interesting exhibits that tell the story of sponge gathering and those who were involved from the 18th century to present. The Mayor arranged on Wednesday a public presentation of my visit and the possibilities of an excavation on the island under the aegis of the Institute and with permit from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in the near future. There were over 50 people in attendance and it was covered by the two TV stations on the island. The reporters and a number of those in the audience asked many thoughtful questions about such a possibility. Only the future will tell what will come of this exciting initiative. Stay tuned for further developments!!!
If you have the opportunity I recommend highly that you visit the island and sample its many offerings!
Lecture on the personal papers of John Pendlebury at the BSA
On Monday, March 17th at 6:30 PM the Syllogos Philon tou Istorikou Archeiou tis Archaiologiskis Yperesias is hosting a lecture by the Archivist of the British School at Athens, Amalia G. Kakissis. The title of her lecture that will be given in English is, “Πατουχιά με πατουχιά”: Exploring the John Pendlebury Personal Papers at the British School at Athens.
|John Pendlebury walking in Stavrochori, Crete|
The lecture will take place at the Historical Archive at Psaromylingou 22 on the border between the Kerameikos and the Psyrri Districts. The Theseio Train Station is the closest one.