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Fellow Jansen van Rensburg, Dr. Julian


The island of Socotra is one of the most enigmatic places on earth. Situated at the entrance to the Red Sea it has been known to Indian Ocean seafarers and merchants from the 1st century BC as one of the principal producers of incense, aloes and dragon’s blood. Despite the island’s rich historical record demonstrating its involvement in the incense trade, little is known about the interior agri-pastoral inhabitants. This research project aims to provide us with a glimpse into the cultural lives of Socotra’s ancient interior population by examining a newly discovered cave. An initial exploration of Dahaisi cave found images drawn using mud and charcoal. Preliminary analysis of photographs taken of these images show parallels with rock art in Yemen and Oman. While this initial exploration and analysis has provided us with a glimpse into the riches of Dahaisi there remains a great deal of work to be done to fully explore and properly document this rock art.

Curriculum Vitae

2013 PhD, "The Maritime Traditions of the Fishermen of Socotra, Yemen" The MARES Project, University of Exeter.
2010 Associate, The Higher Education Academy
2005 Masters, Maritime Archaeology, Southampton University.
2005 Affiliate, Institute for Archaeologists.
2003 BA, Archaeology, Southampton University.
Administration Friends of Socotra,Secretary
Seminar for Arabian Studies, Member of the Steering and Editorial Committee


in Press Fishing in Yemen: A Socotri Perspective. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies.
in Press "Fishing in the Yemen", in: L. Yeomans, M. Beech, H. Russ (Eds.), Fishing in the Arabian Gulf, an archaeological guide, 2 Volumes. Qatar.
2014 "The Hawari of Socotra: Cultural Treasure or Coastal Trash", in: T. Gambin, H. Nash (Eds.), Ships, Saints and Sea lore: Maritime Ethnography of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, Valetta (2014).
2013 F. Caputo, H. Omrani Rekavandi, J. Ratcliffe, E.W. Sauer, B. Shabani, J. Jansen van Rensburg, "The Underwater Survey of the Tammisheh and Gorgan Walls", in: J. Nokandeh, H. Omrani Rekavandi, T.J. Wilkinson (Eds.), Persia's Imperial Power in Late Antiquity: The Great Wall of Gorgan and the Frontier Landscapes of Sasanian Iran, Oxford (2013), 423-432.
2012 E. Lavergne, K. Setzkorn, K. Van Damme, J. Jansen van Rensburg, U. Zajonz (Eds.), Programme Book of the Soqotra Symposium 2012. Nature Research and Conservation at the Interface to Development Cooperation: the Case of the Soqotra Archipelago. Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt a.M. (2012), 21-23.
2012 "Inscribed stones from Delisha in the journal of Ormsby", in: I. Strauch, Foreign Sailors on Socotra, Bremen (2012).