The Tomb of Staphylos

Contents of a rich 15th century BC shaft grave, were found in 1936 by chance in the neck of the headland which separates the beach Staphylos from Velanio

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Archeological Sights

 Staphylos – the legend

Staphylos was probably a Cretan prince, sent by the Cretan king Minos in the 16th century BC. He is believed to have been the son of Dionysos and Ariadni and brother to Oinopion, Thoas and Peparethos. Only Peparethos joined him in the colonization of Skopelos and gave the island his name. The Minoans had colonized most of the Aegean islands and it is natural that they would not have ignored the fertile Skopelos, especially as Minoans are known to have worshiped beside springs. They brought with them the vines and olive trees.

Contents of a rich 15th century BC shaft grave, were found in 1936 by chance in the neck of the headland which separates the beach Staphylos from Velanio. They included a gold sword handle with hammered decoration – the biggest found in Greece- tools, weapons, jewellery, utensils, idols in copper and artefacts that connected Skopelos with Crete. They are now on display in The National Museum in Athens.

It isn’t certain that the grave was that of Stafylos himself but it was undoubtedly that of a king or prince, as only a hero would have had such as precious a sword, as the one found.

Remains of a Mycenaean (1600-1100BC) wall can be found at the end of Staphylos beach.

Σκόπελος 370 03 Staphylos, Skopelos 370 03, Greece
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