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Rock Art of Soqotra, Yemen: A Forgotten Heritage Revisited

Excellence Cluster TOPOI, Freie Universität, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Received: 27 September 2018 / Revised: 25 November 2018 / Accepted: 28 November 2018 / Published: 3 December 2018
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Abstract

This paper presents a comprehensive review of historical and current rock art research on the island of Soqotra, Yemen and places these sites within a spatial framework from which it analyses themes concerning water and the visibility and invisibility of these sites within the broader landscape. The analysis of these sites shows how water was of fundamental importance to the indigenous inhabitants over the longue durée. It also highlights how rock art has not only been able to reinforce the ethnographic and historical accounts of the indigenous inhabitants, but also strengthen our temporal knowledge of the social and cultural lives of the inhabitants of Soqotra. View Full-Text
Keywords: Soqotra; Yemen; rock art; petroglyph; parietal art; water; invisibility Soqotra; Yemen; rock art; petroglyph; parietal art; water; invisibility
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Jansen van Rensburg, J. Rock Art of Soqotra, Yemen: A Forgotten Heritage Revisited. Arts 2018, 7, 99.

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