Archaeological excavation in Kymisala

Approximately 70 kilometres south-west of the city of Rhodes, in a wild semi-mountainous area with a rich forest of pine trees, lie the remains of a lesser known, up to now, ancient demos of Rhodes (picture 1) of the Demos of Kymisaleis, which fell under the administration of the formerly powerful Kamiros.

The demos of Kymisaleis is situated in an area which is today within the boundaries of the municipal division of Atavyros and its territory is shared between the coastal stretch of the demotic districts of Monolithos and Sianna. The preservation of the name Kymisala in the area constitutes strong evidence of its continuity from ancient times up to the present day and its locality is additionally affirmed by the grave stelae of distinguished men who were buried in the necropolis and their names were accompanied with their nationality “Kymisaleus”.

Since 2006 a systematic archaeological research is conducted in the area by the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean and the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Dodecanese under the direction of Professor Manolis I. Stefanakis, and Dr. Vassiliki Patsiada, Archaeologist, aiming to the clearing of the preserved surface monuments, the further detection of monuments and archaeological sites, the systematic excavation of the most important remains and, in the near future, the promotion of the area.

For the progress of the research, see here.

For more information on the Kymissala Archeaeological Research Project