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Norwegian Explorer, Adventurer & Anthropologist
18 Apr 2002
Thor Heyerdahl Bio Details
Date of birth
Date of death:
18 Apr 2002
Place of death
Colla Micheri, Italy
Cause of death
University of Oslo, Norway (1933)
The Kon-Tiki Expedition
Attempting to prove that the people of Polynesia had ancestral ties to the ancient Peruvians, in 1947 Heyerdahl made a 4,300 mile journey by raft from Callao in Peru to the South Seas. He wrote a book about the adventure, naming it after his raft - the Kon-Tiki. A 1951 documentary about the journey won an Academy Award.
The constant traveller
During his lifetime Heterdahl went on several expeditions, including the Galapagos where he found pottery that linked the islands to early Ecuadorian and Peruvian Indian cultures, and Easter Island, where he discovered evidence of possible South American ties. As well as this, he tried to prove that the ancient Egyptians could have sailed to the Americas by building a boat out of papyrus reeds, and managed to make it from Morocco to the Bahamas.
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Thor Heyerdahl's daughter was Annette Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's daughter is Marian Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's son is Helene Elisabeth Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's son is Thor Heyerdahl Jr. Thor Heyerdahl's son is Bjorn Heyerdahl
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Thor Heyerdahl's wife was Jacqueline Heyerdahl