V 165. Kachi-Kalyon. Graffito of John, XIV–XVth centuries C.E.
H. 10.0, W. 25.0.
Place of Origin
Grotto in front of the caves, wall, at the height of 250cm above ground.
1940, survey of P.P. Babenchikov.
Institution and inventory
In situ, no inventory number.
To the right of the cross.
Lapidary; letters accentuated with serifs.
Information about the inscription was recorded in the diary of a member of the Crimean archaeological expedition (Academy of Sciences of the USSR) P.P. Babenchikov (Manuscript Archive, Institute for History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences f. 10, d. 12, l. 14; it was kindly brought to my attention by S.V. Kharitonov). M.Ya. Choref re-discovered the monument in 1960s. Unfortunately, I was not able to locate it. Choref (1969, 10) correctly identified the meaning of the abbreviation (the standard decoding υ(ἱ)ῷ does not make sense in this case). The same manner of abbreviating John is attested in Ὀρλάνδος, Βρανούσσης 1973, № 44. This inscription is apparently commemorative (see commentary to V 196).