Entering the Archive House is like entering a hall of remembrance and recollection. This was its mission. Inscriptions found here were engraved in centuries past and now, they are re-discovered to acquire a great significance. The deciphering of these inscriptions is inexhaustible and offers a wealth of information and details on people, endeavours, political actions. Engraved stones, "stelae" with names lost in time come back to stay forever.
The location of the Archive House in such a proximity to the Asclepieion and the Assembly Hall makes us wonder about the political importance of preserving and recollecting the achievements or the names of individuals and families of Ancient Messene. Recording the city's memory is important for the public sphere and especially when in written form. Here memory is archived, in a kind of city registry that spins its web to introduce the city. Nothing is narrated or remembered orally, those that inhabited, sacrificed their life and honoured the town are recorded in writing. This city record is represented in a room with dimensions 16.45 by 19.75 meters, constructed in the Early Byzantine period. The narrations are engraved and reveal information on its era, its heroes, their origin, the consequences of wars, on athletes and their achievements, offering, thus, cultural evidence.
Ancient Messene becomes the place of inscriptions that create a puzzle of various events: heroic deeds, battles, athletes' performances, accomplishments of explorers or famous men. Who were the people that passed by the city and walked here thousands of years ago and what did they come to do on this land? Are we, the contemporary visitors / travellers the continuity of all these names?