Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Statues of Easter Island

The famous Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl led the first archaeological expedition to Easter Island in 1955- 56. In 1962 he gave a series of lectures to the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography in Stockholm. Read more here


Carol L. Douglas said...

When I was a girl I idolized Thor Heyerdahl. “Kon-Tiki” was the greatest adventure ever and I pored over that book. He was probably the last great adventurer-explorer. Only a Norseman would dare to sail 4300 miles across the Pacific on a balsa raft (come to think of it, it’s a miracle he didn’t die of skin cancer). Who cares if his theories about Easter Island have fallen into disrepute? He was great fun and provocative to the academics of his day.

I was in elementary school a few decades after “Kon-Tiki” was published and we were still being taught that the New World was first discovered by Columbus, disregarding the clear evidence of Norse settlement in the New World. I think Heyerdahl was one of the reasons I don’t believe in the “primitiveness” of primitive man.

Carol L. Douglas said...

Paul--check this out: