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Thor Heyerdahl

WHS playing a role in the theories and works of Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer (1914-2002). The "Thor Heyerdahl Archives" were added to UNESCO's "Memory of the World" Register in 2011.

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Connected Sites

  • Galapagos Islands: Following the success of the Kon-Tiki Expedition, Heyerdahl organized and led the Norwegian Archaeological Expedition to the Galapagos Islands. The group investigated the pre-Columbian habitation sites, locating an Inca flute and shards from more than 130 pieces of ceramics which were later identified as pre-Incan. (1952)
  • Gobustan Rock Art: Linking Gobustan's Boat Petroglyphs with the spread of Azeri civiliation to northern Europe Link
  • Rapa Nui: Organized an expedition there in 1955-1956, researching new theories for the island's history and its moai Link

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