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.

Connected Sites

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Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex The towers had been known to travelers for centuries, the astronomical function of the towers was speculated famously by Thor Heyerdahl in his book Kon-Tiki of the 1940s (Wiki)
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
Rapa Nui Organized an expedition there in 1955-1956, researching new theories for the island's history and its moai


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