19/04/2014

The Kon-Tiki Museum
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Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - in finnish

Tigris 1978

The Tigris Expedition was undertaken by Thor Heyerdahl in 1978 in order to test how well reed ships perform as sailing vessels. Heyerdahl also wanted to prove that the three civilizations of ancient times, the Egyptian, the Mesopotamian and the Indus Valley civilization could have been connected through ocean voyaging and not only through land transport.













The collection consists of c. 40.000 photographs from the voyage. A very interesting and important part of the collection is the photographs from the visit to the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq. Heyerdahl turned to this ancient culture in order to get informations on the berdi reed which was used in constructing the Tigris reed ship. In the late 1990s the marshy area was drained and the culture slowly disintegrated, now only surviving as documents in various collections and on film.