The Kon-Tiki Museum have two publication series for research. Occasional Papers, a traditional museum monograph open to all reseearchers, and Field and Archive Reports Series, in which research funded by the museum is published. Additional research done by museum staff or associated researchers are also presented below. Most of these volumes are available for purchase.
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Kon-Tiki Museum Occasional Papers
The Kon-Tiki Museum established in 1988 a research monograph publiction series entitled Occasional Papers. The objective of the Occasional Papers is to make reports of current research performed or supported by the museum available to the professional community.
The series, which is awards publication points in the Norwegian academic system, is open to all researchers who are interested in submitting a manuscript.
The main topics are Pacific archaeology, anthropology, and linguistics, but manuscripts documenting research in maritime experimental archaeology and connections between cultures are welcomed for consideration.
The publication may be purchased from The Kon-Tiki Museum store. To order, or send your submissions, please contact the museum curator Reidar Solsvik.
- Volume 1-1: An Attempt to Date a Unique, Kneeling Statue in Rano Raraku, Easter Island
- Volume 1-2: The Walking Moai of Easter Island
- Volume 2-1: Archaeological Test-Excavations on the Maldive Islands
Volume 2-2: An Archaeological Pottery Sequence from Nilandu, The Maldive
- Volume 3-1: Archaeological Investigations at Anakena, Easter Islands
- Volume 3-2: The Settlement/Activity Area Ahu Nau Nau East at Anakena, Easter Island
- Volume 4: The Symbolism of Polynesian Temple Rituals
- Volume 5: Essays in Honour of Arne Skjølsvold 75 Years
- Volume 6: The Prehistory of Kiritimati (Christmas) Island, Republic of Kiribati – Excavations and Analyses
- Volume 7: Pileni Texts with a Pileni-English Vocabulary and an English-Pileni Finderlist
- Volume 8: Wogeo Texts. Myths, songs and spells from Wogeo Island, Papua New Guinea
- Volume 9: Stories from the Reef Islands. Äiwoo text with translations
- Volume 10: Stories from Vaeakau and Taumako. A lalakhai ma talanga – o Vaeakau ma Taumako
- Volume 11: A Short Dictionary of the Vaeakuau-Taumako Language
- Volume 12: Identity matters movement and place
- Volume 13: Manus Canoes Skill, Making, and Personhood in Mbuke Islands (Papua New Guinea)
- Volume 14: Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki in New Light
The Kon-Tiki Museum Fieldwork and Archival Series
The Kon-Tiki Museum Feildwork and Archive Report Series is a traditional research report publication for research supported by the Kon-Tiki Museum.
- Volume 1: Archaeological Excavations at the Ahu Heki´i Complex, La Perouse Easter Island, October–November 1996
- Volume 2: Archaeological Excavations at the Ahu Ra’ai, La Perouse Easter Island, October–November 1997
- Volume 3: Archaeological Excavations on Christmas Island, The Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific, August-September 1999
- Volume 4: Marae Suvery (2001-2002), (Huahine and Mo’orea)
- Volume 5: Test Excavation of Marae ScH-2-62-3 and ScH-2-65-2, Te Ana, Maeva, Huahine, French Polynesia, August 2002
- Volume 6: Test Investigations at the Pulemelei Site, Vaitoa, Savai’i, Samoa, September 12th to October 10th), 2002. Preliminary report
- Volume 7: Preliminary Report and Further Perspectives Concerning the Archaeological Investigations at Pulemelei, Savai’i, Samoa
- Volume 8: Excavations of on Habitation Site and Various Marae Structures on Land Fareroi, Te Ana, Tehu’a, Tearanu’u and Tetuatiare in Maeva, Huahine, Society Islands, French Polynesia, 2003
- Volume 9: Test Excavations of Marae Structures on Huahine, Society Islands, French Polynesia, October and November 2004
- Volume 11: Drift Voyages across the Mid-Atlantic
- Volume 12: Manual. Collections, archives and library
- Volume 13: Edwin N. Ferdon Archive. Detailed ICA description
- Volume 14: Bengt Danielsson Archive. Preliminary catalogue, August 2017
- Volume 15: The Thor Heyerdahl Archive, part of the UNESCO Memory of the World List. Detailed ICA description
No Barriers Seminar Papers
The No Barriers Research Grant of US$ 15.000 was awarded by the Kon-Tiki Museum and it’s sponsor at the time, Telenor International, to inovative research in the field of archaeology and anthropology between 1998 and 2000.
The first winner in 1998 was Matthew Spriggs for the project “Remote delivery of archaeological discovery results to a classroom context“.
The second winner in 1999 was Christopher Stevenson for the project “The intensification of agriculture in Early Rapa Nui [Easter Island] Society“.
The third winner, in 2000, was Dr. Jonathan A. Friedman, professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Lund, and Dr. Edvard Hviding, professor of the Department of Social Anthropology, Univerity in Bergen, for their project “Islands Connected: Making Pacific Worlds“.
- Volume 1: Archaeology, Communication, and Language
- Volume 2: Archaeology, Agriculture, and Identity
- Volume 3: Migrations and Exchange in a Historical Perspective