A Yemeni-Russian team that has been working together for five years in Yemen discovered last week a building on Socotra Island that dates back the eighth century A.D.
A long time passed where Yemen was isolated and the Yemenite civilization sites were beyond the interest of archaeologists who studied the sites of oriental ancient civilization.
Not far from the turning to Dixam you can find old petroglyphs in the place called Eriosh
There are many spelling variants of the name of the Island.
Socotra suffers great losses from goats.
Guido Adler was the first one in studying Socotran folk music.
Many Socotra’s old canoes made of African species of wood are in a quite a good state.
During World War II Socotra was used as a basis for the Dutch squadron.
In the 1980s USSR was actively supporting South Yemen’s communism movement. As a heritage of that time one can see Soviet tanks T-34 embedded in various parts of the island.
In the central part of the East China Sea there is also Socotra Island. It is interesting to note that both Socotra islands are indirectly related to each other.
For an Adenese-Socotran expedition, in 1960 there were issued special postage stamps.
The famous scientist and journalist Mukhammad Megalommatis published an article about Socotra of the “Periplus of the Erythraean Sea” (mid-1st century A.D.) epoch.
At the present time archeologists have discovered 80 archeological evidences of various historical epochs of Socotra.
English scientist Brian Lougery states that it was Socotra where a Shakespeare’s play was put on for the first time in the Arab world!
Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra.
Some theorists of literature consider Socotra to be the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest».
The origin of Socotra's name is still wrapped in mystery. The Socotrans call their island Sacatri.
Short Chronology of Yemen
The Socotrans have never mastered the written language. That is why they were unable to document and keep a chronicle of their history. Since ancient times it has been only their native nonliterate language the Socotran people used for communication. Therefore, the real history of this Archipelago is still little-known.