finds of the archeological excavation on the hill of Skarkos on Ios,
prove that Ios has been inhabited since the early Cycladic period.
Evidence of this lies in the very well preserved walls of buildings and
the vessels demonstrating the flourishing of an important community.
The remnants of the walls on the west and north entrances to Chora lead
us to the conclusion that the castle's hill has been inhabited since
the archaid period. There are elements that bear witness to the presence
of Careans, Pelasgians, Achaeans and Phoenicians, who gave Ios
the name "Phoenicia".