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Kon-Tiki - short history

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Thor Heyerdahl's Scientific Legacy
Thor Heyerdahl was one of the world’s great explorers, non-fiction writer and communicator of the 20th century. The scientific community viewed his work and theories with some ambivalence, either praising them or ridiculing them. However, there are three scientific legacies of Thor Heyerdahl’s work we would like to emphasise.

1) Through his epic marine expeditions Kon-Tiki, Ra and Ra II, and Tigris Thor Heyerdahl inspired many other researchers and explorers, and he contributed substantially to professionalizing the field of Maritime Experimental Archaeology.

2) On Easter Island most archaeological research done since the 1960s has been carried out by members of Thor Heyerdahl’s expedition to the island in 1955-56, their students, or the students of their students.

3) Thor Heyerdahl helped build The Kon-Tiki Museum, and during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s he filled it with collections and stories which gave rise to new exhibitions. He literarily made the museum what it is today. By establishing a research department with collections, archives, library and a photographic archive, it had the possibility to become a centre for research of the Pacific.