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According to the archaeological findings Kimolos was continuously inhabited at least from the Late Neolithic Age.
The wild Greek imagination wanted to accredit its name to the first inhabitant Kimolos, husband of the daughter of Taurus, Side. They attributed to her the epithets Echinousa (island of the sea urchins) and Echidnousa (island of the vipers).

The Venetians and the Franks called the island “Arzantiera”, that is Silvery, for the grey-white rocks they saw as they approached the island. Some travelers believed that the name was due to ancient silver mines, but they have not been discovered so far.

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