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Was Thor Heyerdahl’s search for a vanished people of megalith builders, with light skin and red hair a racist theory? From time to time writers and researchers make this claim. Most are well-argued, but some contains many errors and personal interpretations.
The most recent work is Thor Heyerdahl and the Search for Atlantis (2019), published in Norwegian. Last year Eirik Stokke and Reidar Solsvik reviewed the most problematic arguments put forward in the book. This review contains new information on a key event in Heyerdahl’s life, and comments many of the general accusations leveled against his research. We, therefore, make it available here in an English translation, despite the fact that the book itself is only available in Norwegian.