This research project examined how rock art and rock art sites were utilised within local and regional cultural landscapes. The objectives of this research project were to bring together a range of data gathered from archaeological, ethnographic and historical sources within a multiscalar framework to tackle concepts of space, place, religion and identity.


This diachronic approach was addressed issues of how caves and rock art have been used locally and regionally to create place from space, and what these places have come to represent from a cultural, ideological and socio-political perspective. The geographical focus of this research was Socotra, an island whose strategic position at the entrance to the Red Sea and rich supplies of incense and dragon’s blood has attracted the interest of merchants and traders from at least the first century AD.

Further Information

The Soqotra Heritage Project funded by The British Council Cultural Protection Fund