Socotra is the name of a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of over 40,000 and is administered by the Republic of Yemen. In ancient times it was known as the Dioscorides or ‘Isle of the Dioscuri’ (Castor and Pollux).
Our interest in Socotra stems from the fact that Jacques Hébert, a former French police chief identified the island as the location of Atlantis. He also claims that the strait of Bab el Mandeb situated to the north was the site of the Pillars of Heracles.
On Christmas Eve, 2010 the Yemen news agency reported(a) that a Russian team of archaeologists had discovered an ancient city on Socotra, the main island of the group. Unfortunately, what they found has been dated to around 200 AD and so provides no support for Hébert’s theory.
*[Alain Moreau has written a critical review of Hébert’s theory(b) .